BACKGROUND

 

The language gap

Nowadays, social exclusion of migrants and refugees exists in many European countries, although it is not well-reflected in our educational systems. Therefore, tackling inequalities in education should be a part of the comprehensive fight for social justice, in order to make universal values alive. The acquisition of basic skills and mostly learning the language is the foundation for the integration process and the access to further learning and the gateway to employment and social inclusion.

The creative sector

On the other hand, there is an exceptional need of strengthening the migrants’ participation in the society. Learning the language does not itself create job opportunities and vice versa. Thus, due to their lack of both professional language and entrepreneurial skills together with digital skills, employers become skeptical towards migrants in terms of providing a decent working environment. Migrants/refugees need to know how to be a part or even create a new business and improve their practical skills to be applied in entrepreneurship.

 

AIM

 

Give migrants a chance

The INCREA project is dedicated to support migrants/refugees and social workers in their integration process in the European societies enhancing their language and entrepreneurial skills through the exploitation of ICT tools.

Exploiting their personal cultural background, the project will develop a complete package of learning material aiming to address the lack of adequate language and employment-related skills (including digital skills) and to promote language, entrepreneurial and Digital skills learning in order to foster the entrepreneurship spirit.

OBJECTIVES

 

The specific purpose of the proposed project is the development of training modules and activities considering the different characteristics of the individuals to support them in their integration process in the Europeans societies enhancing language and entrepreneurial skills. In particular, INCREA will develop an innovative ICT tool – based on the methodology of Serious game – to be used in a blended-learning environment aiming in transferring knowledge toward target migrant/refugees together with a manual that fosters creative entrepreneurship exploiting personal cultural background.

PRODUCTS

The manual

The ‘From migrant to creative entrepreneur’ Manual will support future migrants creative entrepreneurs in running and developing their business. It will define a set of advises for creative entrepreneurs willing to understand more about ‘how to run a business’. It will also contain a “technical section” focusing on how to obtain a loan, how to write a business plan and design a business model. Another part of the Manual will be devoted to the basic rules of company law and all administrative and bureaucratic procedures necessary to found and lead a company.

The tool

The ICT tool will be dependent on the serious game methodology referring to a virtual environment made up of interactive simulations that promote real-life situations. Within this context, a tool based on the ‘From migrant to creative entrepreneur’ manual will be created to foster entrepreneurship spirit exploiting personal cultural background. This background will be the base to apply new creative ideas on developing a business. The game will be especially designed and customized in such a way that successful completion of its levels requires a genuine understanding of the INCREA concepts.

IMPACT

 

The expected impact of the project is related to the main objectives of the project:

  1. The social inclusion of new immigrants in order to increase their contribution to grow towards an innovative development creates new job opportunities in Europe in the near future.
  2. The consortium intends to raise awareness about the benefits of social innovation and inclusion, along with the opportunities offered by included people with different cultures, with the aim also to leverage among the various stakeholders identified. In this respect, the project also aims to have an impact in the promotion and diffusion of the impact investing.
  3. At a local level, the project will provide local participants and stakeholders with the tools and techniques to improve the processes of running and developing their operations to reach the goals.
  4. At a regional level, the increased inclusion of migrants in the economic tissue will be materialize into a generalized economic growth and a diminution of social poverty.
  5. At a national, European and International level, the project will influence policy and help to shape the future of social and labor inclusion as long as partners continue to learn from each other.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
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