« THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MIGRANTS - A great collective and educational enterprise of experiences and knowledge sharing on the theme of migrations in Europe » (EMEU) is a European transnational cooperation project between Portugal, Spain, France and the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar (United Kingdom) which aims at gathering and confronting the intertwined expertise and experiences of citizens, researchers, pedagogues, artists and local public stakeholders to fight against the social exclusion of migrants.
In facing the major crisis we are going through, a source of tension and withdrawal, the EMEU project invests in collective intelligence and knowledge transmission with the aim of synegizing our multicultural and globalized society - one shaped by migratory movements - into a factor of growth and human development. Thus this project attempts to answer to the emergency of operating a change of point of view about migrants and to promote intercultural dialogue in Europe by favouring a better knowledge and understanding of the history of migrations that have shaped contemporary Europe.
Our aims :
- To reinforce social inclusion of migrants and to favour their active participation in democratic life by empowering them through public expression via the acquisition of interpersonal and intercultural expertise
- To develop the concept of exchange and implementation of innovative educational methods involving the participation of adult learners and young people from diverse backgrounds and combining the pedagogical, artistic and scientific expertise of the 10 co-organizers at the European level
- To produce and to favour the circulation of multilingual open educational resources (OER) in Europe thereby promoting the linguistic, cultural and social diversity through the mobilisation of public stakeholders and by using the lever of new technologies
- To develop local networks of strategic actors to target the migrants with fewer opportunities and educators for the transfer of the multilingual OER produced.
During the next 2 years (2015-2017), we will mainly work with adult learners from diverse backgrounds and education, as well as training staff from different professional fields to realise a web site, a series of pedagogical guides, a training kit, a collective multilingual publication, a pedagogical suitcase and a documentary movie about the theme of migrations in Europe.
To achieve that, we will organize in the territories of action of the project :
-3 transnational meetings of practices exchange and collective evaluation with the partners of our consortium and the other stakeholders
-a series of local learning activities (pedagogical workshops with migrant learners, graphic design workshops and film-shooting workshops) contributing to the collective realization of the outputs
-a series of intermediary restitutions and then public presentation events of our 6 outputs (exhibitions, reading-debates, meetings, projections), towards schools, universities, libraries, art centres, civic centres, NGOs, etc.
To achieve the implementation of these actions, favour a productive dialogue on the European scale and create the conditions for a sustainable exploitation of the results, we will depend on a structured network of 8 cities along the Atlantic coast (Brest, Rennes, Nantes, Gijon, Cadix, Porto, Lisbonne, Gibraltar) and on the animation of local networks of strategic actors across the project.
The EMEU project will target 9 500 persons in total in France, Spain, Portugal and Gibraltar, in 8 associated cities and beyond : migrant and non migrant adult learners, education and training staff (artists, researchers, coordinators, teachers, animators), public stakeholders, migrant and non migrant young people, pupils and students.
In the end, the EMEU project aims at :
-enlarging the offer of attractive and high quality learning possibilities accessible to everyone
-favouring the acquisition and transfer of new linguistic, digital, interpersonal and intercultural expertise and reduce the gap of skill acquisition by adult learners
-training pedagogues from different fields to the development of innovative educational methods based on the learner by using transversal expertise
-developing new local and transnational synergies and sustainable cooperations between practice, research and politics to favour an active European citizenship
-transferring the end results into new fields, including private companies, thus favouring the professional and social inclusion of migrants.
The results of this project will be available on EPALE.