The first two sessions took place in Lisbon on the 19th and 27th of January, gathering almost 20 refugees and asylum seekers.
Between 19 and 27 January, inside the facilities of the Passa Sabi Association in Lisbon, the first two training sessions were held for refugees and asylum seekers, supported by the Jesuit Refugee Service and by Focus Assistência Humanitária. It is another of the activities planned under the NEAR project – Newly Arrived in a Common Home.
The training lasted 100 hours. Its primary goal was promoting cultural integration and the orientation of refugees and asylum seekers while promoting their active participation in the labour market.
The first two sessions, carried out under this activity, took place between 19th and 27th January, inside the Passa Sabi Association’s facilities in Lisbon. The first aimed at a preliminary assessment of the participants’ skills and their goals and expectations in a work context. The second focused on preparing refugees for the intercultural challenges and opportunities resulting from the transition to a different country and to a different socio-cultural context from where they were born and grew up.
There was space for various dynamics in each of the two formative moments. During one of them, the participants were invited to tell their story through a set of images displayed on the wall and share the aspirations that moved them in their stay in Portugal.
The sessions were attended by 20 refugees and asylum seekers from Afghanistan (12), Morocco (2), Guinea – Conakry (1) and Ivory Coast (5).
This activity contributed to the achievement of one of the objectives of the NEAR project. It consists of the guidance and inclusion of refugees in the various dimensions of life in society, including the labour market.
“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.