The presentation of the Project and the activities that will be developed at ISCTE, with a view to the inclusion of newly arrived migrant students were some of the themes that guided the session.
On the 14th of January, at 3:00 pm, an online meeting was held for the presentation of the NEAR project – NEWLY ARrived in a common home and dedicated to the involvement of migrant students recently enrolled at ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa or who have studied in this entity for about of 2 years.
The session brought together 24 people on a virtual screen in an informal moment in which there was space for sharing the challenges that students have been faced with in adapting to the educational institution and the host country.
Language learning, getting to know and relating to new people, locating academic services and obtaining reliable information were some of the challenges identified by students when asked about their experience regarding the inclusion process in a school context.
The guidance of university students who have recently arrived from third countries, in order to facilitate their academic career, is one of the objectives of the NEAR project which, in this area, has the support of ISCTE, an entity in which students will have the opportunity to develop the following activities:
- Co-create a survey to identify the interests and needs of students from third countries in the academic context;
- Co-create a map of the services available on and off the university campus;
- Participate in (in)formative initiatives for integration into the labor market;
- Work on language skills that aim to improve the domain of the functional Portuguese language;
- Co-create a Welcome Manual;
- Carry out cultural events with the monitoring and support of the project;
- Co-create and participate in networking events.
“NEAR – NEwly ARrived in a common home” is a European project funded by the European Commission, under the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) with the ISMU Foundation as a promoter and as partner entities Tamat, CARDET, and AIDGLOBAL and the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. In Portugal, this project is being developed in the city of Lisbon, namely in the Bairro das Galinheiras, located in the parish of Santa Clara.
AIDGLOBAL ― Acção e Integração para o Desenvolvimento Global (AIDGLOBAL ― Action and Integration for Global Development) is a non-profit Non-Governmental Organization for Development (NGDO), which develops and promotes projects within the scope of Education for Development and Global Citizenship in Portugal and programs within the scope of Literacy in Mozambique. Its Mission aims to Act, Include and Develop through Education, because it believes that Change happens through Education.