Welcomeship! Building inclusive communities through community-based entrepreneurship
The recent increase in negative attitudes towards immigration in European countries and xenophobia and hate speech enter public discourse has put the fundamental values of the European Union, such as respect for human dignity, equality, solidarity and freedom, on a proof. The challenges of integrating newcomers in local communities and in society are real, however, seeing migrants and refugees as a potential and not a threat is essential to build on their assets, their added value and new opportunities they can be part of. Europe has always been multicultural and it is clear that we will live in an increasing multicultural setting in the future. The policies of how to manage diversity to support the potential of people of all backgrounds, specifically young migrants and refugees, will determine the future of Europe. The project „Welcomeship – Building inclusive communities through community-based entrepreneurship” addresses these questions.
The project strives to involve policy makers in discussion and designing more inclusive policies for young migrants and refugees across Europe, in particular in the field of entrepreneurship. The Welcomeship project is multi-dimensional and based on non-formal learning methods. Project’s target groups are young people with fewer opportunities, including local youth, migrants and refugees; youth workers, community stakeholders and policy makers. In the course of the project, young people will gain entrepreneurial skills, build their confidence and become more integrated and engaged in their communities; youth workers will become competent trainers and community oriented professionals with a high skill level in entrepreneurship teaching for the specific target group; partner organizations become engines of inclusion within their community and community stakeholders and policy makers will be involved in the project activities to design and support more inclusive policies at local as well as regional and international level.
The partners meeting of the project “Welcomeship! Building inclusive communities through community-based entrepreneurship” took place from 26th-30th April, 2018 in Berlin, Germany.
The objective of the partners meeting was:
1. Get to know each other’s profile and expertise.
2. Discuss challenges and opportunities of the local context. How to open minds and
doors and foster entrepreneurship learning as a tool of inclusion?
3. Discuss the Intellectual Outputs:
- O1 Learning Kit: how to develop the content and methods
- O2 Welcomeship Course: specifics of the target group. How can their needs be taken into account?
- O3 Tutorial Programme: how to produce simple convincing tutorials
- O4 Welcomeship Channel: how to embed the element of advocacy from the very beginning
- O5 Guidebook for Inclusive Communities: how to involve policy makers in fostering inclusive communities in the dialogue with residents, young migrants and refugees
4. Agree on the principles of cooperation, communication and risk management in the
Consortium (consensus, commitment, equality, transparency).
5. Clarify project management and administration questions (Trello; ToT, etc.)
At the meeting the partners presented their work, exchange about what motivates them for the Welcomeship project, and look into the project key elements and timeline. In the Welcomeship project we are developing a model of community-based entrepreneurial learning for young people as a mean of building inclusive communities.
The model “Welcomeship” aims at using diversity for a greater social cohesion, is based on collaborative learning and dialogue between the local residents and young people of all backgrounds, including migrants and refugees; raises community spirit and provides young people with specific skills so that they can become active contributors to the society and communities where they live.
The partners meeting set an action plans and distributed tasks to participating organizations. It also set the deadline to deliver and report on the outcome. In this regard we would like to express our appreciation to the coordinating organization YEPP Europe for organizing a successful partners meeting and we look forward to our next meeting in Solna, Sweden.