The main priority of the EXPA project is to promote the social integration and employability of migrant women in the field of handicraft and creativity through development of their basic and transversal skills.
EXPA project partnership comprises 6 partners from 6 different EU member states: Italy, Iceland, France, Cyprus, Lithuania and Holland. Project partners will develop, test, adapt and integrate innovative training model that will enable trainers to establish a creative and intercultural learning environments with the use of contemporary informal methods, to motivate and increase participation of target group in learning programmes, improve their basic and transversal skills and thus make it more consistent with socio-economic needs.
Migrant women come from different cultural backgrounds, with different traditions, characteristics of handicraft and arts skills and techniques. While interest in handicraft and other value added products has in fact been increasing in recent years development of individual creativity, innovation, skills, talents and ideas could represent the innovative basis for facilitating their integration, individual empowerment, the potential for additional income or the job creation in the local environment. It is a chance to become »visible« in the community social and economic life.
A research will be implemented in order to investigate the situation and needs of migrant women living in the 6 involved EU countries and also the strategies and tools developed in these countries to foster social and economic integration of this vulnerable target group.
Based on the results of the study the innovative EXPA training model will be elaborated. Developed innovative training model will be tested, evaluated and adapted during and after pilot actions.
After pilot implementations partners will prepare EXPA handbook (e-book) as a guidelines for trainers (with transnational core and national particularities regarding the pilot actions) including detailed descriptions of modular curriculum, good practices, teaching materials, tools, training activities with step-by-step guidelines for preparation and implementation of learning activities for unemployed, low skilled and educated migrant women in the field of handicraft.
First project meeting in Bormio, Italy
22 – 26 February 2017.
Partners held presentations of partner organizations. Responsibilities of the partners were specified: OSA – management, KISA – developing training model, HTIB – pilot testing of training model, Jafnréttishús – developing e-book, SDCC – evaluation and monitoring, GUIMEL – dissemination.
It was agreed that the logo of the project, Facebook page and the design of the e-book will be created. All partners signed “Partnership agreement” witch cover the various financial, technical and legal aspects related to the implementation of the project (partners role and responsibilities, budget matters (costs and revenues), reporting mechanisms, conflict management mechanisms, etc.).
Partners discussed tasks for the next meeting. Desk and field researches will be organized in order to investigate the situation and needs of migrant women living in all 6 involved EU countries and the strategies and tools developed by each partner organization to foster social and economic integration of this particular target group. In particular the following 2 research actions will be carried out:
1. Research in six EU member states on the specific situation of migrant women, focusing on their employability, education, knowledge’s needs, on their participation in the labour market a lifelong learning initiatives.
2. Analysis of good practices of learning activities for migrant women in participating countries developed or implemented by each partner or by other organizations in participating countries, with emphasis on inclusion activities in the field of handicraft cultural heritage, creativity aiming at developing their integration and sense of initiative and entrepreneurship.
Second project meeting in Larnaca (Pervolia), Cyprus
14 – 16 June 2017.
Presentations of national reports were held by project partners: Netherlands by Ms Deniz Gokce Gemici, Lithuania by Ms Jurgita Kadagiene, France by Ms Sigrid Terwolbeck & Ms Martine Gaury, Iceland by Ms Amal Tamimi, Italy by Ms Jacqueline Jannink & Ms Deborah Matano, Cyprus by Mr Doros Polykarpou.
Partners presented the specific situation of migrant women, focusing on their employability, education, knowledge’s needs, on their participation in the labour market a lifelong learning initiatives. Analyses of good practices of learning activities for migrant women in participating countries developed or implemented by each partner or by other organizations in participating countries were discussed.
Partners discussed on National reports content and development of unified template. Common research report based on the information gathered by each partner will be prepared. It will provide a basis for further work on the project activities, especially to shape a new innovative training model and to obtain comprehensive information of our target group.
GUIMEL presented project’s Dissemination Plan. Updates on financial and administrative aspects were discussed. Evaluation of the meeting was organized.
SDCC prepared Evaluation plan - a short guide for project partners and will identify key evaluation points: what will be evaluated, why is being evaluated, who will do it, how it will be done (indicators, criteria, timeline, with included made evaluation tools) and how it will be reported.
Third project meeting in Arcachon, France 27 - 30 September 2017.
Presentation of common analysis concerning the researches of good practices, which good practices will be relevant for the project was held during this meeting.
HTIB presented the joint research report based on the information gathered by each partner. It will be basis to shape a new and innovative training model and to get complete information from our target group.
OSA held discussion "Reflection part on the conceptualization of the training model". Partners discussed about definition of work activities for the next phase of the project (what, when for).
KISA made recommendations “Reflection on the framework of the Handbook": a brief description of the target group, the project and partner organizations, the role of trainers, basic concepts, description of modular programs and key competencies, good practices developed in the pilot trials (training activities with step-by-step guidelines, experience of trainers and participants), teaching materials, photos.
Partners discussed about definition of the work plan of each partner and the timeframe for all project tasks. All partners took part in evaluation of the meeting.
Fourth EXPA meeting in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
28 February – 3 March 2018
Dutch partner HTBI present results of the pilot project and movie “EXPA Experience”. After that partners had lunch and discussion with the pilot project participants from different countries.
During this meeting partners presented their research and activities, defined the work plan of each partner and the timeframe.
Partners and participants had a discussion on lessons learned and other possibilities.
Evaluation of the meeting was organized.
EXPA partner meeting in Reykjavik, Iceland
27- 30 June, 2018
Ammal Tammimi welcomed partners in Equality Centre.
Cyprus partner presented project Handbook “Migrant Women Entrepreneurship” with training module “How to set up your own business”. Partners reviewed and discussed about other project activities.
Partners had cultural visits in Reykjavik and explored beautiful nature of Iceland.
Final partner meeting in Klaipeda, Lithuania 26-29 September, 2018
Partners summarized all activities carried out during the 2 years of the project. All project activities were presented in Final project dissemination event – conference “From Participation to Integration”.
Partner coordinator O.S.A. held discussion about financial issues. Host partner SDCC organized final evaluation of project activities and presented Evaluation report.
Partners shared inputs for the Final Reports for NA.
Cultural visit to Nida and big dunes was organized.
Conference “From Exclusion to Participation” in Klaipeda, Lithuania 27 September, 2018.
Lina Kantautiene and Jurgita Kadagiene had presentation “Experience of working with women groups”. Project coordinator O.S.A. Italy presented “EXPA results and outcomes”, representative of Labour Market Regina Šuliakiene had presentation “Opportunities for employment of foreigners and the current situation in Lithuania”. Director of Social Support Center Diana Stankaitiene told about experience of Social Support Centre in her presentation „The prosperity of the displaced: the experiences of Klaipeda“. Psychologist of M.Gorkio progymnasium Jelena Semionova held discussion “Integration of national minorities. School experience”. Final project’s product “Handbook Migrant Women Enterpreneurship” was presented by Cypriot partner KISA. Netherland partner HTIP shared their experience with pilot project group.