The aim of the project "Can Do Refugees 2.0" (2018 – 2021) is to professionalize and to empower people working with refugees on a professional and voluntary basis. Therefore the project combines the experience of practitioners in NGO (VIA Bayern (Germany), Progestión (Spain), Euro Circle (France)) and the knowledge of universities (University of Thessaly (Greece), American University of Cairo (Egypt)).
This consortium also reflects the route of refugees coming to Europe, often coming from Arabic speaking countries, using Egypt as a transit country and then coming through the Balkan route (Greece) or the Mediterranean route (Spain) to the destination countries France and Germany.
Core element of the projects are the meeting of these people people working with refugees from all partner countries, in which they are professionalized and empowered. In these trainings innovative methods are used like inter-cultural learning with improvisational theater, democracy learning, trauma based pedagogy, approaches which combine Islam and feminism, methods in overcoming isamophobia, antisemitism, etc. participatory and process-oriented elements will be includes in all sessions.
To ensure a realistic view on the needs of refugees and to be able to spread this realist view, a film about these needs will be produced. And to ensure that this view will not be superficial this film will be produced with the help of inter-cultural improvisational theater. The methods and approaches of the meetings will be collected in compilation to be able to provide them to a broader audience in all partner countries.
Focus of the last half year will be the dissemination of the project results in 20 multiplier events in each partner country.
The projects is based on the previous E+/ KA2 project "Can Do Empowerment for Social Change". In this project intercutural and antidiscrimination trainers were empowered to be change agents within their own local context to deal with discrimination and to share and develop an educational, conceptional and methodological basis. In this project also meetings with these trainers were held in each partner country and videos, a manual and a booklet were produced. Partners in this project came from Spain, Austria, Great Britain, the Netherlands and South Africa.