Za’atar NGO was honored to once again take part in the Raise Your Voice Festival this year, which took place online on April 23rd and 24th. As a key-note speaker, Aude Sathoud, our Education Coordinator, joined the discussion in a panel titled “Human Trafficking and the Day After : Integration”.
Along with workers from other organizations – Human Rights 360, Threads of Hope, Odyssea, Organization Earth, and Damaris House, they reflected on the different dimensions of the process of integration of asylum-seeking and refugee people, the challenges arising with the pandemic and sanitary restrictions as well as the importance of a holistic approach, collaboration between actors and involvement of the whole society in the support of asylum-seekers and refugees and the fight against human trafficking.
Emphasizing the necessity of defining integration, understanding it in its whole and complexity, organizations’ leader, manager, lawyer or social worker – among others shared experiences and stories illustrating both the hardships and victories of asylum-seeking and refugee people and families’ journeys.
As challenging and uncomfortable the integration process and support of human trafficking survivors, asylum-seekers and refugees can be, they, as much as the hearing of and listening to their voices and bodies, are a matter of democracy.
Did you miss the panel ? Watch its recording here !
On April 22nd and 23rd, our Education Coordinator, Aude Sathoud, got the opportunity to take part in an online workshop co-organized by the International Dialogue Centre KAICIID-Network for Dialogue, of which Za’atar NGO has long been a member, and the SIRIUS Network. Around the theme, “Informing and Inspiring a New Age of Digital Education for Refugees”, the workshop gathered more than forty actors of formal and informal education coming from eleven countries.
Educational researchers, teachers, IGO and NGO professionals, policy-makers altogether worked to define and attempt to respond to the challenges faced by asylum-seekers, refugees and migrant people face in digital education.
Those two rich afternoon of exchanges, experience-sharing and collaboration addressed issues as diverse as “Access to Digital Devices and Internet for Education of Refugees and Migrants”, “Holistic Support in Education and Dialogue with Policy Makers”, “Academic and Social Language in the Absence of Face to Face School”, “Pedagogical, Curriculum and Wider Educational Support for Refugees in Centres and Newly-Arrived Migrants” and “Support and Dialogue with Migrant Parents and Communities”.
After a first day of cross-country discussion, the second and final afternoon was dedicated to the elaboration of concrete action plans by national teams, to be implemented in each country’s context.
Considering education as a key-element in the process of integration of asylum-seeking and refugee populations, Za’atar NGO was honored to take part in such exciting and fruitful conversations.
From June 29th to July 23rd, 2021, will take place the ONLINE Summer School “Building solidarity.
Feminist and Anti-racist Practices in Higher Education”, organized by the Erasmus + BRIDGES project:
Building Inclusive Societies: Diversifying Knowledge and Tackling Discrimination through Civil Society
Participation in Universities.
Thanks to the alliances between the different universities and civil society organizations that make up
BIRDGES, this Summer School proposes to its participants:
• To provide the tools to analyse the mechanisms and conditions of institutional inequality that are
produced and reproduced within Higher Education.
• To explore and deepen our undertsanding of key theories, concepts and practices related to antiracist and feminist struggles.
• To experiment with, and put into practice, pedagogical methods and strategies that challenge racism
and discrimination within and outside the classroom.
• To promote participants’ role as agents of change within Higher Education Institutions
The methodologies used are based on Participatory Action Research and collaborative work, and will be facilitated by members of the BRIDGES project consortium, which include: Universitat Autònoma de
Barcelona, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, University of Brighton, Feminist Autonomous Center for
Research, Sindillar / Sindihogar, an.ge.kommen e. V. and Za’atar.
The course will take place through synchronous online communication spaces and on other online
asynchronous work platforms, where the participants will develop a group project with the
accompaniment and guidance of members of the BRIDGES consortium. In addition, it will be requested to
participate in a collective evaluation of the Summer School in order to receive feedback for future
improved versions of the course. It has a workload of 75 hours (equivalent to 3 ECTS), distributed from
Monday to Thursday, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. CET time. The vehicular language will be English,
although translation support for other languages will be provided, if necessary.
IMPORTANT: This course is addressed to Master students, PhD students or early career teachers of any
discipline, linked to the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain), JLU Giessen (Germany), University
of Brighton (United Kingdom) and participants, members and volunteers of FACR (Greece) and ODD /
Prism (United Kingdom / Greece) who, in addition, are Master’s, PhD students or young faculty from
Greek universities (in the case of FACR members) or from English universities or Greek (in the case of
After having participated in all the activities of the course, you will receive an official certificate issued by
the Department of Social Psychology of the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
04/23 – Applications opening
05/14 – Applications closure
05/24 – Communication of selected participants
From 06/29 to 07/23 – Course
To access the registration form and more detailed information on the Summer School, please
consult the project website: https://buildingbridges.space/course/
For any questions or doubts regarding the information, please, contact: Blanca Callén, BRIDGES Project
Manager. firstname.lastname@example.org / +34 654302786
On April 8th 2021, Philippine Krysmann, Za’atar NGO’s intern Assistant Coordinator, took part in the online conference “ Actions for the integration of migrants in the local community : exchange of stories & experience”, held by the KMOP through their project Max – Maximising Migrants’ Contribution to Society.
From journalists and communication professionals, activists and NGOs’ workers to social science researchers, a great diversity of actors in the field of migration and integration of asylum-seeking and refugee people gathered for three hours of exchanges and experience-sharing, tackling topics as varied as common stereotypes about migrants’ integration to debunk, the contribution of education and culture to the process of integration of newcomers as well as the role of the media in informing and telling their stories.
In this framework, Philippine Krysmann had the opportunity to present Za’atar NGO’s work with asylum-seekers and refugees and its team’s dedication to empower and support them in the building of their own path towards autonomy, through the learning of the Greek language, the acquisition of professional skills, the discovery of the local culture and sharing of their own. Philippine, who has notably been delivering language classes and CV workshops, drew for her experience at Za’atar NGO and the many discussions she has had with the rest of the team to offer an insightful presentation.
Titled “The empowerment of young people and their absorption in the labor market”, her note addressed the legal context framing asylum-seekers and refugees’ search for a job, the struggles they face doing so but the preconceptions which can prevent them from looking for employment as well. She then described the different activities and services offered by Za’atar NGO in response to those issues and to favor the professional integration of the greater number.
Dedicated to the protection, support, social inclusion and empowerment of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, Za’atar NGO is determined to advocate for and with them so that both policies and minds evolve for the better.