In the course of the project LUTA our main focus, asylum policy in
Europe, has become even more topical - not only at the Schengen borders but
also in whole Europe.
The learning partnership intended to contribute to a transnational civic
education process equiping adult learners in seven European countries with
profund knowledge of EU asylum directives and national asylum legislation as
well as biographies of refugees and their individual experiences gained fleeing
their homelands, in the asylum procedures and the integration process in
different European countries.
Having the best and most generous asylum system is of little use if
barriers and obstacles are placed in the path of asylum seekers fleeing
The expectable gap between individual experiences and the national
legislative levels was subject of comparative research, of collective
reflection within the project team and of public discussion panels with local
and regional politicians in the partner countries.
Based on biographcal interviews with refugees in all partner countries a
video documentary was produced. The project website disseminates the research
results in the form of a comparative matrix and national relevant results to a
language of social media <LUTA> means Let Us Talk Again. This meaning
goes well with our project. In addition, in our project LUTA stands for the
principle "Learn-Understand-Trust-Act“. This motto will accompany us
during our two-year partnership and hopefully beyond.
If we are talking about refugees we all know that
people of various social backgrounds are forced to leave their country of birth
as a result of life-threatening reasons. After making it to the Schengen zone –
under horrible circumstances as we also know - bureaucratic hardship and broad
[public] rejection await them.
National politics negotiate quotas; people in need of
protection become “allocated contingents”. Our project should contribute to
raise awareness in our social environment that refugees are not merely numbers,
that they have faces and stories and the right to express themselves creatively
within the public.
The key method will be the biographical interviewing
carried out in pairs composed of refugees and adult learners of the majority
society. Together we will produce a documentary about these interviews.
An other important issue is the co-operation between
different types of organisations: Institutions for adult education, Cultural
institutions as well as refugee relief organisations are involved. These
different institutions provide a variety of expertise and experience which
should lead us into a mutual learning process.
results of European added value of the project LUTA,
were the interviews that
each partner has made in their own country
with asylum seekers and refugees about their experiences and needs.The
interviews made it possible to realize a video documentary. The interviews were
guided by people from Iran, Afghanistan, Belarus, Mali, Togo, Syria, Somalia,
interviews about these life stories were one of the most important activities
and a intensive learning step for all team members.
realization of a multilingual video (subtitled in English) gives a
differentiated insight into refugees' experiences in Europe. This video is
applicable in the field of culture, active citizenship, education and youth
(such as, for example, training courses, seminars, events, study visits). In
order to protect the privacy of the interviewees it will not be presented on
the website or in social media.
this goal, the association Ashram, before of the interviews, has involved
refugees, adults and children, in two creative laboratories in order to promote
confidence and consolidate cooperation between refugees and staff. The
laboratories have achieved the goal thanks to the collaboration of the "Cooperativa
Prospettiva" and the consortium "Il Nodo". Both organizations
work in Catania in agreement with the SPRAR (Protection System for Asylum
Seekers and Refugees).
”EBRU” is a
technique of drawing on water (paper marbling).
Objective: create trust and strengthen
cooperation between refugees and staff
for collecting life stories and for realization of video testimonials
KITE: the refugees have been engaged in the construction of kites and involved
in public demonstration on the beach: 2nd edition of the Kite Festival
"Migrants against wind"
CATANIA 26-29 MARZO 2015
Workshop "Mediterranean sea: bridge or frontier?"
28 marzo 2015 h. 10:00 presso la Biblioteca
Comunale V. Bellini Via Sangiuliano 307-Catania
Apertura dei lavori e
saluti h. 10:00
progetto: Project Coordinator
Universität Klagenfurt - AUSTRIA
D.ssa Noemi Sicali
coordinatrice Sprar - Consorzio Sol.Co / Catania
Dr. Piero Mangano
coordinatore Comunità alloggio per minori Coop. “Prospettiva” Catania
Dr. Mamadou Konate,
richiedente asilo politico
Organization for Aid to Refugees - REPUBBLICA CECA
Associazione ASHRAM (MultiKulti) - ITALIA
Sprachendienst Konstanz – GERMANIA
Marieborgs Folkhögskola - SVEZIA
Write Deal - MALTA
Instytut Tolerancji w Łodzi - POLONIA