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Fashion for inclusion: European project for the social and labor inclusion for migrant people and refugees through professional training in the sustainable fashion field

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Project Name: Fashion for Inclusion. Training and labor inclusion through ethical, intercultural and social fashion

Programme & Call: Erasmus+ SEPIE, KA202 – Strategic Partnerships for vocational education and training

Coordinator: Asociación Bienestar y Desarrollo ABD

Partners: IASIS (GR), Mindshift (PT), CIEP (BE), SSF (SP), BAU (SP), Mondo Donna (IT)

Project Duration: September 2020 – February 2023

Action area: Belgium, Spain, Greece, Italy, Portugal

Its goal is to promote migrant people and refugee’s access to Vocational Education and Training (VET) to foster their social and labor inclusion in the field of sustainable and intercultural fashion.

La Declaración del Comunicado de Brujas de Diciembre apunta a promover la empleabilidad y el crecimiento económico, y responder a cambios sociales más amplios; mientras que la Nueva Agenda de Capacidades para Europa destaca la importancia de invertir en FP para personas migrantes y refugiadas como una respuesta estratégica al envejecimiento de la población y la escasez de habilidades, además de promover su integración en la sociedad de acogida y en el mercado laboral. 

Además, la experiencia de las organizaciones que impulsan el proyecto muestra que los y las profesionales de FP cuando se dirigen a personas de difícil ocupabilidad, como personas migrantes y refugiadas en situación de vulnerabilidad, tienen una falta de conocimiento y recursos en áreas como metodologías de aprendizaje flexibles basadas en el trabajo práctico que pueden aumentar la tasa de éxito de los y las estudiantes y disminuir la tasa de abandono del alumnado; el uso de antecedentes interculturales y multiculturales y la colaboración e intercambio de conocimientos entre diferentes organizaciones.

El presente proyecto quiere abordar estos retos para promover la inclusión social y laboral de personas migrantes y refugiadas a través de una FP con un programa de formación innovador vinculado al sector de la moda sostenible, que también impulsará el desarrollo profesional de los formadores.

Fashion for Inclusion is based on the following best practices: 

  • FABRIC REPUBLIC project (Greece) led by IASIS, is an innovative clothing management system that focuses on refugees’ social needs and their labor inclusion.
  • MAMALYONA project (Spain) led by ABD in collaboration with the Barcelona University of Design BAU, it promotes the empowerment of young migrant mothers that are at risk of social exclusion.
  • SOCIAL CHIC project (Italy) led by Mondo Donna, is a tailor’s atelier and shop employing and training migrant/refugee women that have suffered gender-based violence, located in Bologna. 
  • Strengthen international cooperation in the field of VET focused on promoting immigrants and refugees’ labor inclusion in the areas of sustainable fashion.
  • Design, implement and test a work-based Training Program aimed at VET professionals working with immigrants and refugees in the fields of sewing, upcycling, fashion and design.
  • Promote access of low-skilled immigrants and refugees to high-quality training through flexible learning paths within an intercultural gender framework.
  • Foster the career development of VET professionals in the field of sustainable fashion with an intercultural perspective, through the creation of innovative educational materials based on blended learning approaches.

The activities that will be implementes to reach the project objectives are:

  • Create a Competence Framework for VET professionals in the fields of sewing, upcycling, fashion and design when working with students facing diverse oppressions from an intersectional perspective.
  • Design and test the Fashion for Inclusion Intercultural Training Programme and the Handbook aimed at trainers in the topics of sewing, upcycling, fashion and design.
  • Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for VET professionals in the topics of sewing, upcycling, fashion and design.
  • Short-term joint staff training events in Barcelona, Bologna and Athens in order to train VET professionals from different organizations with the Fashion for Inclusion Training Programme.
  • 15 Local Workshops in Barcelona, Bologna, Athens, Brussels and Madrid; in order to test locally the knowledge acquired in the international staff trainings.
  • National Seminars in Athens, Bologna and Brussels.
  • European Conference in Madrid.

The expected impact in the groups of participants throughout the project are:

  • More than 400 VET professionals (trainers and practitioners) are involved in the trainings improving their professional development and knowledge in the project fields.
  • 135 migrant people and refugees in vulnerable situations involved in the trainings increasing their access to high-quality VET education and their labor inclusion.
  • 110 Key stakeholders and Public Authorities from the fashion, VET and integration sectors are involved in the dissemination and sustainability activities creating a network at a local, national and European level.
  • 30 Key stakeholders and Public Authorities sign the Multi-stakeholder Agreement in order to capitalize and scale-up the project results in the future.
  • 7.000 Stakeholders and general public are reached through the Counter-narrative campaigns.

Co-financed by

Reference 2020-1-ES01-KA202-082950

Fashion for inclusion

European project for the social and labor inclusion of migrant people and refugees through professional training in the sustainable fashion field

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