School integration program

The program has a history of yearly assisting 60 students, but due to lack of EU funding it had to be closed down. Now a handful of volunteers are trying to assist some of our students with the greatest need.

Aim:

The integration of asylum seekers and refugees between 6-25 years into the Hungarian school system through quality participation. Background and motivation: refugee minors are eligible for education, but the Hungarian education system is not ready to receive them.

Main needs for action:

To enable refugees to be placed according to their own needs and motivations and to protect them from dropping out.

Main actions of the project:

Training both parents and children of the Hungarian or European education system, development of the students’ Hungarian as a second language knowledge with a functional methodology, learning how to learn, filling in general knowledge gaps, language and knowledge skills for various subjects, as well as background knowledge on Hungarian society and culture. Social work needs include: bridging cultural differences, providing the means for inclusion, caring for the psychosocial needs of the students, conflict management, administrative assistance (permits, social benefits), and life-coaching. For the most motivated and those who are graduating students: provisions for practical training / internship opportunities.

Structure:

Hungarian schools lack skills and resources, and their trainings are hardly existent, so our  trained and experienced staff is absolutely needed. We employ teachers and psychosocial workers who are well-trained and are experienced and are sent out to schools in partnerships to teach refugee children. Refugee students participate in classes according to their age and are taken out from lessons that are hard for them to comprehend so that they may instad have individual lessons of Hungarian and other subjects provided by our teachers.

This experience can be transferred to camps, and we can build partnerships with local schools and train teachers in local schools to better meet the needs of refugee children. We can equip both the camps and local schools to successfully work with volunteer teachers and we can visit them bimonthly for supervision. We can also be ready for skpye-counseling sessions when needs and problems arise.

This program is aware of the special needs of illiterate (both children and parents) and unaccompanied minors. We have experience in providing them with lectures according to their individual needs.

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