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Erasmus+ partners develop a new e-course on caring for families on the move

2017-11-14

The fifth transnational meeting in the framework of the Erasmus+ project “Improving the protection and wellbeing of children in Europe: enhancing the curriculum” took place between October 30th and November 1st, 2017. Academics from seven countries met in Budapest to discuss the progress they are making in developing new modules within their Universities’ social work curricula.

The Universities from Albania, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Moldova, Romania, and Serbia are committed to update their curricula for social work and child protection, improve practical training and introduce new technologies such as e-learning or simulation-based learning. This initiative is led by the Universities of Stirling and Kent in the UK, and facilitated by Terre des hommes, as an organisation with a strong pan-European professional network and in-depth knowledge of child protection issues in South East Europe.

The focus of the latest meeting was the development of an e-course on the social work aspects of caring for families on the move. This interactive course, which will be based on the platform and approach developed by the University of Kent – will allow students to explore the journey of a family from Syria through Greece, Serbia to Germany, listen to the personalized stories of the family members, including children, and explore the international and national policy framework regarding migrants and refugees. Terre des hommes is working with practicing social workers on the ground in Greece and Serbia to collect testimonies and up-to-date data. All information provided in the e-course will be substantiated by existing research reports.

“Tdh is actively involved in this process. We have been working in the countries of the Balkan refugee route since the start of the ‘crisis’. We noticed that frontline workers in the region often lack the qualifications and/or resources to cope with this challenge. A research we conducted showed that social work education does not include information about migration. With this new e-course we aim to fill in a knowledge and practice gap, to raise awareness of students and support their future work not only in the Balkans but across Europe”, mentioned Judit Németh-Almasi, Deputy Head of the Tdh Regional Office for South East Europe. The e-course will be launched in April 2018, when each University will organize a dissemination event in their countries to promote the results.