COME IN – and learn about labour market integration

On Wednesday 27th Feb. 2019 a Dissemination Event for COME IN took place in the Kreishaus Kassel. More than 40 people came to learn what the project is all about.

Firstly the project was introduced. COME IN – Competences in Enterprises on Integration intends to make refugees‘ work integration easier through enhancing employers‘ competences. Continue reading

Great Spirit through LISTEN

Yesterday, 29th of November, BUPNET and its partner blinc invited to a workshop about LISTEN. 21 participants came to learn more about Storytelling in the work with refugees and migrants. They were curious about the LISTEN approach and how they can integrate it in their own work.

After a short introduction to the LISTEN project as well as the concept and benefits of “applied storytelling” the workshop got practical. Continue reading

REST – Celebrating Successful Inclusion of Migrants and Refugees

In the past months, the project partners piloted the REST training courses in six European countries covering legal and administrative aspects of refugees’ and migrants’ employment, strategies to support their inclusion in the workplace and management of international work teams.

On the 23rd of October, the partners met in Palermo for their fifth meeting and the final REST conference. Continue reading

LISTEN Award – And the winners are…

18 storytellers took part in the LISTEN Award and submitted their stories. The jury nominated two winners whose stories stood out from the other very good stories – one in the category “fiction” and one in the category “non-fiction”:
Prudence from Nigeria has won in the category “fictional stories” with her story “The Arrogant Princess” – a story about a princess who learnd the hard way that life is not a picnic.
Mamadou from Guinea has won in the category “true stories” with his story “A talented boy”. His story is about a young boy who travelled alone from Africa to Europe to live his dream to become an artist and musician.
You can listen to both stories in the story collection on the LISTEN website.
The other stories are also published in the LISTEN story collection.

Get the REST label!

The REST label recognises organisations that promote an inclusive working climate and diversity at the workplace.

Does your organisation employ a refugee or a person with migration background and promotes diversity and an inclusive working climate?
Let your stakeholders know about it – get the REST Label!

The REST label is a European quality label that provides a clear signal that your organisation has not only committed to hiring refugees or people with migration background but to apply approaches to successfully integrate them at the workplace.

It demonstrates to your employees, clients, customers, suppliers, etc. that your organisation is committed to implement comprehensive strategies to promote diversity and an inclusive working climate.

Get the REST label and show the world what your organisation’s values are!

For application details and the submission form CLICK HERE

LISTEN in Göttingen

During the last week of June, BUPNET and blinc helped a group of migrants to create their own radio show. The radio show was created in cooperation with VHS Göttingen and StadtRadio Göttingen.

The participants were German language learners who have left their countries of origin for different reasons. To combine these two aspects, they have chosen the topic “Flucht und Bildung” (“flight and education”) for their radio show. During the week they developed the interviews, reports and music they wanted to share during the show. Continue reading

LISTEN Award – Submit a story

The LISTEN team invites you to enter the LISTEN award with a story – fictional or real. The story can be a memory, a self-created story, a fairytale, legend or myth.

The stories should reflect the idea of LISTEN aimed to promote intercultural storytelling with refugees and migrant as we believe that a story can build bridges and create mutual understanding between different cultures.

With your permission your story will become part of our LISTEN collection of (life) stories.

Find out more about the award here.

REST – Meeting enterprises in Kassel

On 31.08.17 the Landkreis Kassel invited representatives of regional enterprises for an after-work event, where the REST idea was presented and discussed. The CEO of on regional enterprise gave an interesting insight on how he succeeded in overcoming initital challenges such as language problems, legal issues and fear. He underlined that one needs some additional time and patience at the beginning of the process but that it can be very rewarding to give a refugee the chance to work in an enterprise.

LISTEN – Survey on storystelling

“Storytelling is understood to be live oral telling of stories, engaging directly with listeners to create a shared experience. Storying … is one of the most fundamental ways of making meaning and thus pervades all aspects of learning, regardless of age.” (M. Hamilton and M. Weiss, 2005)

The LISTEN team has launched a survey about storytelling as method in education, especially for working with refugees and other involuntary migrants. Your answers will help us to define the needs of educators and care takers as a basis for our work in this project. Find the survey in all partner languages here.