The MMM project addresses the challenges of teaching basic skills to migrants/refugees from the Middle East and Africa. The challenges are many and overlapping, involving linguistic, cultural and social aspects that need to be seen as a whole.
Recent mass arrival of asylum seekers and refugees to the EU is still a new challenge for researchers, trainers/educators and policy makers as they face a new category of adult-learner which cannot be efficiently addressed applying established teaching approaches.
Linguistic barriers are the biggest cause for poor integration of migrants. This makes learning of other basic skills very difficult, being therefore a vicious circle that prevents many migrants to integrate. This is especially true for low educated people, that represent a large number of all migrants, since their learning strategies and abstract thinking are underdeveloped.
This calls for new approaches tailored to the needs of migrant/refugee adult learners.
The MMM project main objectives are:
- to develop and test an effective approach to basic skills learning/teaching
- to provide a reflection-based insight into the learning process of migrants from the migrants’ point of view
- to train migrant-mentors
The main outputs of the MMM project:
1. Migrant Mentorship model teaching plan containing recommended standards of knowledge in the area of literacy, numeracy, ICT and social competences.
2. Migrant Mentors training curriculum containing guidelines for the training of migrant-mentors in the area of literacy, numeracy, ICT and social competences.
3. Handbook with recommendations for trainers/educators working with migrants.
4. Handbook with recommendations for employers to provide a better understanding of migrants as workers and to facilitate their integration in the workplace.