ERASMUS+ - Understanding Europe

Strategic Partnership for Adult Education 2016-2018

Understanding Europe
ERASMUS+ - Strategic Partnership in Adult Education 2016-2018

"ERASMUS+ - Understanding Europe 2016-2018" (2016-1-AT01-KA204-016702) is an European strategic partnership based on the idea that education has a key role in the current immigration to Europe.

The discussions, elaborations and exchanges of best practice of the consortium is based on two main assumptions:

  • granting of asylum is a human right to which we are committed without any reservation;
  • the next step is the decision of the refugees to integrate into European societies.

Since the ideas, hopes, opinions and the knowledge with regards to Europe differ widely among refugees, "Understanding Europe" approaches information deficits, sets educational processes in motion and produces -in addition to learning the local language- a comprehensive learning module with two parts:

  • "Understanding Europe - A guide to European Citizenship" and
  • "Understanding Germany / Austria / Poland / Romania / Bulgaria / Belgium - A guide to German / Austrian / Bulgarian / Polish /
         Romanian, Belgian citizenship".

The project aim is based on the idea that only well-informed people can make a sound decision about how they want to settle in in Europe and create their future. The consortium of "Understanding Europe" also endeavors to support the migrants in this complex integration process.

The transnational approach of the strategic partnership allows a common/shared sight on Europe. The mix and exchange of national opinions allows an up-to-date picture on European developments. It is important to discuss about European values from Poland to Germany, and from Bulgaria to Austria and Belgium: Not one nation alone is able to deliver a comprehensive picture of Europe, but the cooperation between different European countries.

As this recent migrant situation is challenging for Europe, many institutions are searching for fitting approaches; the consortiums wants to strengthen pro-European forces in the member countries - including Poland - and to work on one of many common answers to the refugee situation. 

The ERASMUS+-partners consider...

  • learning about Europe as a contribution to a successful integration of refugees into European societies, and
  • a learning module about Europe as part of the learning process of the language of the host country.

We will consider of course the various publications, information sheets, brochures already available about Europe and the partner countries. Still there is a lack of precise information for our special target groups of refugees coming from Syria, Iraq and other countries vandalized by civil wars.

All the partners are involved in educational offers for refugees and basic education. The existing local networks will be strengthened, and enriched by the development of the new learning module.