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New approach to Enforce the cultural integration of the young refugees

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KISA is looking to recruit youth, aged 15-25 years of age interested in music/drama for the NICeR project! For more information on musical please click here:  If you are interested or know anyone who is please email Romy Wakil on or call KISA on 22878181.

About the project

The two years Nicer project started in December 2015 and its main aim is to enforce the social and cultural integration of refugee children through the performing arts approach and awareness campaign and to integrate them in the local community through performing arts workshops and awareness of the population.

The final beneficiaries are refugee children and youngsters

Target groups : Civil society, media, public authorities, associations and NGO , teachers, schools

Activity of the program – structure:

  • Management  – kick of meeting (Roma) December 2015/January 2016. Administrative and financial coordinationbQuality Plan – evaluation and questionaires of evaluation will be distributed to each partner, Internal and external evaluation
  • Methodology and Basic Protocol partners share : a basic document for the  implementation of the workshops in the quarter: methodological principles, concepts; definition of the content of the workshops: initiation into performing arts, singing and the weekly musical drama classrooms which involve young refugees.
  • Creative Workshops – pilot project: 1) recruitment of young refugees and young no-refugees (local population) (9 – 25 aged) 15 young refugees and 15 young no refugees. 2) creation of the local team in the partner Countries. 3) development of the pilot project: creative workshop in the quarter, initiation into singing and musical drama – based on the refugee needs, their style of life, on the stereotypes against the refugee (4 months). Production of an Musical in the quarter, based on the culture and the life of the young refugee in Europe.

Monitoring and assessment of the workshops 

  • Observing of how the integration of refugees into the  7 pilot projects improve.
  • Definition of the indicators and assessment measures to check the achievements
  • Publication of the final report – evaluation of the pilot experience in the partner cities – Research Report coordinates by CFE and KISA
  • Pedagogical guidelines to teachers to discuss the topic of refugee in schools (coordinates by CFE and KISA)
  • Identification of good practices of integration of refugees at local level – in the cultural and creative sector in particular.

Dissemination and exploitation:

  • Awarness seminars in the schools to inform about the project and better inform young people about who is the refugee
  • Awarness campaing : film documentary with the refugees to better understand their life, their culture.
  • Videoclips for the web.
  • Website
  • Publications
  • Press conference
  • Final event: presentation of the film



Project Partners

Visit of the official website of the project to learn more about the partners

CIOFS – Lead Partner (IT)

Alfea Cinematografica Pisa (IT)

MCCS Commune de Molenbeek (BE)

AIDRom Bucharest (RO)

IIT Bucharest (RO)

RARe Studio Liverpool (UK)

Citizens for Europe (DE)

KISA Cyprus (CY)

Pluralis ASBL (BE)

Fundacion Cultura y Juventud (ES)


Time schedule of the project

Phase 1 (January 2015 – October 2016): development of the methodology of work, structuring intercultural workshops refugees – not refugees; methodological guide for facilitators: vademecum including both advice for intercultural education (how to refer to refugees, how to communicate more effectively) and facilitate intercultural dialogue; and both defining the basic elements for the implementation of the workshops.

Setting the local team within each partner involved in the action of achieving intercultural workshops of initiation to the musical centered on the active participation of refugees with non-refugees, in the pilot districts; define the common methodology.
Within each partner, a team of experts with complementary skills, will have the task of defining both the Metodologie workshops and writing the intercultural education vademecum.

Selection of young refugees and non-refugees who participate in the workshops: partners will have the task to create a collaboration and relationships with local stakeholders: in particular schools, assistance centers for refugees, local authorities, NGO in relation to refugees, cultural centers of the district. Dating in schools (primary, secondary, higher) of the district (making contacts with school principals to present the project and have the opportunity to participate in workshops during after-school hours); contacts with centers of assistance to refugees and the municipal social services (municipal social workers) to identify the group of young refugees and non-refugees who participate in the workshops. Selection will be made by the competent partner team through questionnaires and / or individual interviews face to face to understand the motivations. Identification of 15 refugees and 15 non-refugee 9-25 years in each pilot city.

Meetings with parents / guardians of young people selected wherever possible. Close collaboration between partner organizations and representatives of local communities. Recruitment of participants (through social services, the centers / NGOs / associations refugee assistance or working with refugees, schools and through the Cultural Institutes of the cities involved).
3 interpartenarial meetings (March 16 – BXL; June 16 -Nicosia; Sept16 Berlin)

Phase 2: September 2016 – May 2017: test, experimentally, the approach proposed to strengthen the participation of refugee youth in cultural and social life at the local level: implementation of seven workshops intercultural musical in Roma, Molenbeek, Sevilla, Timisoara, Liverpool , Nicosia, Berlin

Preparation: September-December 2016 (selection of the young participants and preparation of the work  with the staff )
Implementation Workshop – January 2017 – April 2017
implementation and testing of creative workshops of initiation to the musical
Month 4 x 4 hours / week – 30 Youth in 7 pilot cities: Roma, Molenbeek, Sevilla, Timisoara, Liverpool, Nicosia, Berlin
The workshops will take place outside school hours (being intended primarily for youth 9-25 years). They will take place in schools that have joined the initiative, or in cultural centers made available by the Municipality or in the structure of the partner (as the partner decided) .
Writing the screenplay with the protagonists, young refugees and non-refugees; write dialogues, songs, music (promoting traditional music and cultural diversity).
Singing workshop, theater, music, intercultural. Distribution of roles between refugees and non-refugees, the recitative rehearsals, choreography, music, songs that accompany the dialogues, sets achievements, costumes, lights, sounds.

Language and local culture training: alongside workshops musical, young refugees and non-refugees will devote two hours to weeks learning the culture and language of the country of welcome. It is the no young refugees  accompanied by an expert facilitator and a language teacher who will accompany young refugees of the project in a learning pathway of culture and the home language. This is a priority according to the report of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in 2011: insufficient knowledge of local languages and cultural differences an obstacle to the integration of refugees. Through singing, music and dialogues, encourage the young refugees to better know the language and culture of the local city where they live.

Monitoring of activities – individual interviews with stakeholders and staff; questionnaires; Record attendance, etc. to assess the progress of activities and improvements in terms of integration of refugees and satisfaction of participants and teams.

Final performance in each city:  May 2017 Representation of workshops, in each of the pilot cities involved, present a final show workshops, local promotion and public presentation.

Phase 3 June 2016 – November 2017
Analysis results based on a series of measurement tools. Collect information in each of the workshops and analyze the results to arrive at a series of practical recommendations to encourage the integration of refugees at local level.
Development of a pedaogical guide for teachers to help them deal with the issue of refugees in the classroom.
Identification of good practices – writing a best practices guide to support the integration of refugees at local level. Identification of best practices at EU level. target: local authorities, NGOs working with refugees.

Interpartenarial meetings: Bucharest in February 2017, Liverpool in May 2017
Presentation of the results to the public; dissemination in the media.
Making of the documentary film, the minividéos and productions.
Final event – presentation of the documentary film and results to the international press, authorities, students, civil society. (October / November 2017)

Photos form the the transnational meeting organised by KISA‬ on the 22nd and 23rd of June, 2016 in the framework of the project. For a short video, please click here


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