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EnhanCing the Participation and learning Performance of Migrant and RefUgee Children in Primary School Education

October 2017 – September 2019

The E-COURSE project aims at enhancing the access, participation and learning performance of newly arrived migrants and refugee children in primary school education in Germany, Greece, Italy, France and Cyprus as well as at a European level in order to promote their overall integration in the host societies.

The project helps teachers and school staff in addressing the learning needs of migrant and refugee children and provides them with valuable skills and tools to do so. 

The project contributes to the enhancement of participation and improvement of performance of newly arrived migrant and refugee students in primary schools, thus tackling the Early School Leaving phenomenon:

  • by building the competences of teachers and school leaders to promote equity, diversity and inclusion in schools;
  • through the provision of support to schools to facilitate inclusion and success of migrant and refugee students along with the strengthening of the collaboration among all members of the school community.


  • Enhancing the professional development of teachers in dealing with migrant and refugee learners and diversity in classrooms
  • Supporting schools to facilitate inclusion and success of newly arrived migrant and refugee students, thus contributing to the tackling of Early School Leaving (ESL)
  • Supporting and enhancing the performance of newly arrived migrant and refugee students in primary schools
  • Strengthening collaboration among all members of the school community: school leaders, teachers and non-teaching staff, learners, parents/families

Deliverables – available in English, German, French, Italian and Greek

  • Learning modules for teachers and school staff for effectively addressing equity, diversity and inclusion 
  • A School Support Platform to facilitate schools in supporting the active participation of migrant and refugee children and the collaboration among all members of the school community 
  • A methodology for the elaboration and implementation of school diversity policies and action plans

The project partners created a downloadable, shareable pdf, that summarizes the online teacher course, and gives practical ideas, tools on how to create an inclusive classroom, where migrant learners and members of the majority group can effectively and respectfully work together, embracing the differences and the similarities. 

Promoting the learning performance and the participation of migrant children in primary school education – Teachers’ Handbook [Click here]

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The consortium partners

IMA is a certified residential adult education center based on the Grundtvig idea founded in 1956. For decades the institute’s work has concentrated on life-long learning in the fields of civic, social and political education, also working in the fields of religious education, parental and family education, personal and cultural education.

IMA, Germany

IMA addresses all interested citizens, the main target group of the work are especially ethnic German immigrants (from the former Soviet Union) and displaced people (expellees). Furthermore, young people from different European countries come to IMA for educational and cultural projects and exchange.

The main focus of work:

  • Providing insight into the basic correlations and transformations of society and the state.
  • Cultivating tolerance and respect as the basic prerequisite for freedom and democracy.
  • Contributing to the existence and future of a free society and a democratic state through our educational program.
  • Reflecting on values and questions of meaning and coming to an independent judgment in discussion processes.
  • Enabling to exercise one’s own rights and motivating to participate in society issues.

KMOP, Greece

KMOP is a non-profit organization, founded in 1977, being thus one of the oldest Greek NGOs with 40 years of accumulated experience in supporting disadvantaged groups. KMOP is committed to kindling a better world. That is a world that rests on a foundation of sustainable development, social growth, and individual well-being.

We work with the public and private sectors, as well as with civil society to drive solution-oriented, knowledge-based interventions that are crucial to fostering resilience and making the world a better place to live.

KMOP’s main areas of expertise include social welfare and health, employability and human rights protection, scientific research and development of know-how in social policy and social protection issues.

Apart from direct provision of services through decentralized community based facilities, KMOP is also actively involved in both national and international projects, addressing social issues particularly focusing on low-skilled youth and the long term unemployed, the victims of violence and trafficking, the disabled, the elderly, the migrants and the minorities.

four ELEMENTS, Greece

four ELEMENTS is a non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO), certified by both the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Health.

It is an innovative and pioneering Greek organization that focuses on issues pertaining to:

  • Social inclusion
  • Gender equality
  • Employability and equal opportunities
  • Scientific research and the development of know-how in social policy issues
  • Education and capacity building
  • Media violence

four ELEMENTS acts primarily on prevention, information, planning, evaluation, submission and preparation of studies and sensitization actions.

Since its establishment four ELEMENTS has undertaken numerous projects and programs, many in collaboration with large well-established organizations both in Greece and abroad, targeting the following societal groups:

  • Women and especially women in difficult situations
  • Immigrants and refugees
  • The elderly
  • Children at risk of trafficking and exploitation
  • Persons with physical disabilities and mental disorders
  • The long-term unemployed and those with low professional qualifications

Canary Wharf Consulting LTD, United Kingdom

Canary Wharf Consulting Limited is a British consulting company, which, since its inception, has managed to establish a considerable track record of successful, high-impact projects and partnerships, adding value to companies, organizations, and government institutions and agencies at home and abroad. CWC offers high-level consulting services to a diverse client-base in both the public and private sector, from private businesses and social enterprises to government institutions and public agencies. CWC offers services in Business Development; International Development; Consulting; and Marketing and business promotion; IT services and web-based enterprise promotion.

CESIE, Italy

CESIE is a non-governmental organization, established in 2001, inspired by the work and theories of the Italian sociologist Danilo Dolci (1924-1997). CESIE contributes to the active participation of people, civil societies and institutions through the implementation of projects on various thematic areas, towards the promotion of growth and development, always valuing diversity in the respect of ethics and human development.

Our MISSION is to promote growth through innovative and participative educational approaches.

Our objectives:

  • To improve lifelong education in Europe through transnational projects involving local communities
  • To promote sustainable development of neighboring regions and beyond through training and education
  • To foster progress and innovation in higher education and research
  • To support learning mobility for people at all ages, across borders and sectors
  • To stimulate local growth by adapting international good practices and methods

As a European center of Studies and Initiatives, the organization is dedicated to the promotion of research and development so as to increase and improve future-oriented innovation processes in educational, social, economic and cultural spheres believing in the cross-cutting of organizations cooperating within heterogeneous fields and sectors.

CARDET, Cyprus

CARDET (Center for the Advancement of Research & Development in Educational Technology) is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental, research and development organization based in Cyprus with partners around the world. CARDET is becoming one of the leading institutions in the Euro-Mediterranean region for research, evaluation and development. The CARDET team strives to offer the highest quality research and development capabilities and educational opportunities to benefit society.

CARDET’s mission is to inspire next generation education, and to promote research, innovation, and development through evidence-based practices, cutting-edge research, and empowered people.

Pistes-Solidares, France

Pistes-Solidaires is an educational organization that champions the knowledge, skills and attitudes that promote justice and equality in our multicultural society and interdependent world. Pistes-Solidaires works to enable individuals to better understand the links between their own lives and those of others across the world.

We see education as all-encompassing and life-long, and our work in the educational domain is based on UNESCO’s four pillars of learning: learning to know, learning to do, learning to be, and learning to live together.

Pistes-Solidaires is a European non-governmental organization (NGO) that is very active at European level. The organization comprises 3 departments:

  • Educational mobility: this department gives people the chance to experience learning mobility through European programmes (EVS, youth exchanges, training courses), as well as international voluntary civil service through the French civil service.
  • European cooperation: Pistes-Solidaires aims to increase the impact of EU cooperation at local level in the following spheres: education, social inclusion, socio-cultural fields
  • Local development: we aim to augment local knowledge of Europe and European values. We were awarded the ‘Europe Direct Information Centre’ label by the European Commission in 2013.

Pistes-Solidaires is based in Pau, in the southwest of France, and is also a part of a European-wide federation comprising 13 member organizations.

ESHA, Netherlands

ESHA, the European School Heads Association, is a professional organization for European School Heads. Members of ESHA are national organizations for school heads and deputy school heads within (pre-) primary, secondary and vocational education. Nearly all European countries (both EU and non-EU) are represented within ESHA by one or more organizations.

ESHA is an international community in which experiences, visions and views between members are exchanged and in which new ideas are born. ESHA connects school leaders, researchers and policy makers with the collective aim to learn from each other and improve education.

If you have further questions or need more information, please contact ESHA

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