Povod is a Slovenian institute for culture and the development of international relations in culture.
“Refugees and migrants from developing countries are studied as an object rather than an equal partner in the international development process.”
There is a gap between academic research, policy makers and practitioners. This gap can be reduced by including the end-users in the research design (Brownson, R.C. & Jones, E. 2009). Academic research tackles issues related to migration, integration and its policies. This focus comes with the political trend of referring to migration and refugees as crises. In one hand, academic research is important to develop and analyse policies. In the other hand, when the academic research is mainly built on knowledge and formal education this increase the gap between different cultures where refugees and migrants from developing countries are studied as an object rather than an equal partner in the international development process.
Researchers and students do not have proper channels of communication with people who are impacted by migration and asylum-seeking policies. In another aspect, refugees from countries like Syria and Afghanistan are facing bureaucratic and vague policies when it comes to the recognition of their educational background and work experience. Furthermore, there is no solid bridge between the academic sector and the civil society sector which is directly engaged with refugees and asylum seekers. This makes policies recommendations coming from the academic sector less tangible to the reality of people who are affected by these policies.
We cannot enhance global citizenship education without involving the people who are facing vulnerability as equal partners in the academic sector and civil society sector. Therefore we need to build these inclusive channels and create proper educational tools to be replicated by non-formal educators and NGOs who are working with asylum-seekers and refugees.
We will start with a seminar which gathers: 1. civil society organizations who are experts in working with migration and asylum-seeking in Slovenia and 2. Students and academic researchers from the University of Ljubljana who are researching topics related to migration, integration and its policies in Slovenia. In this seminar, we will use non-formal education and experiential learning tools to analyse the interrelation between formal education, experiential learning and intercultural learning to enhance the value of global education in order to build transparency in policyy recommendations coming from the academic sector.
In the second seminar, we will gather: 1. academic researchers, 2. civil society organizations who work with migrants and 3. people with refugee status in Slovenia. In this seminar we will use experiential learning tools to review policies related to formal education recognition and recognition of work experience for people with refugee status in Slovenia. We will analyse the effect of these policies through non-formal educational tools to come up with recommendations and feedbacks on what works and what does not work and how we might fix it.
In the third seminar, we will gather: 1. academic researchers, 2. civil society organizations who work with Asylum seekers and 3. people with Asylum seeker status in Slovenia. Through experiential learning tools and non-formal education, we will analyse asylum seeking policies and work permits for asylum seekers in Slovenia. We will come up with recommendations on what works and what does not work and how we can develop it while including the people who are affected by it as an equal partner.
In our project we will emphasize on an approach based on intercultural learning and cultural mediation to enhance a sustainable network between researchers, policy makers, civil society organizations who work with migration and people with refugee and asylum seeker status in Slovenia. We will follow up with the participants to make sure that this network is sustainable and for a long-term equal partnership.