Our trainings for refugees

 

In 2017, we had two types of trainings in the refugee education program of Central European University (OLIve: Open Learning Initiative). The participants of these trainings are refugees and asylum seekers, who wish to pursue education on the MA level, but to do so, they need to improve their English and their knowledge in the subject they want to study.

OLIve has an advocacy module that reflects the commitment of the organizers to the idea that theoretical knowledge is not enough for one to be able to live a life as an active citizen – it always has to be complemented with practical knowledge about social-political participation and representation. With this in mind, in three terms of the 2017/2018 academic year, we cooperated with Menedék Association in holding 12 workshops for OLIve students.

We used interactive educational methods in the training and, building on students’ personal experiences, we covered topics such as forms of political participation, mapping power relations, social movements and key ingredients of their success, citizen journalism, community-based and participatory action research, and the responsibilities of intellectuals. By the end of the academic year, students will plan and carry out their own advocacy projects individually or in small groups.

The second type of training that we are holding in cooperation with OLIve is individual tutoring in Public Policy of a refugee student from Afghanistan, who would like to study this field after the training year. We are glad to be able to take part in this program, and hope that our cooperation with OLIve will be long-lasting.