• Lyhenne: TOBP
  • Toteutusaika: 1.9.2018 - 31.7.2021
  • Painoala: Muu ala
  • Yksikkö: Hyvinvointi
  • Rahoitusohjelma: Erasmus+ Key Action 2
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  • Projektin tulokset: Projektin tulokset

Transcultural Open Badge Platform for Migrant's Transition Mentoring in Early Life Family Care (TObP) is an EU-project focuses on non-recognition of foreign qualifications and prior learning. Methodologically leaning on participatory action research, the project aims to kill two birds with one stone by to gaining recognition for the migrants' transcultural competences and improving the existing ELFC services by aligning them better with the needs of the migrants.

The project focuses on non-recognition of foreign qualifications and prior learning as the central migration issue of the new century in all post-industrial societies (UN 2016). It introduces a newly started EU-Strategic Partnership for setting up new standards for skill recognition of migrants in the field of Early Life Family Care (ELFC), using open badges as flexible and visible recognition system and with the aim of creating a new job profile called Transition Mentor.

The project spans over 3 years from September 2018 to August 2021 and will take place in five different European countries: Austria, Finland, Germany, Kosovo and Switzerland. In each country, Higher Education Institutions and Research Organizations are collaborating with a local, small and/or social enterprise, either in the field of ELFC, IT-Technology or Social Welfare and Networking. In Finland, JAMK University of Applied Sciences coordinates the project. The working life partner of JAMK is Multicultural Center Gloria.

'Cognition precedes recognition' - With this statement in mind, the project seeks to tackle transition barriers and skill-mismatches faced by the migrants as early as possible in order to foster a more inclusive society and cohesive Europe.

The migrants and refugees in the ELFC sector are in a unique situation, since they are going through two transitions simultaneously: both arriving in their new target country, and entering parenthood. With growing mass migration, the amount of pregnant migrant women arriving in Europe is increasing and with it, their heightened vulnerability is becoming more apparent. In the ELFC-sector in its current state there is, on one hand, a clear skill shortage in the transcultural knowledge and on the other hand, a lot of unused potential – that of the migrants and refugees themselves.

In order to gain access to this unused potential, the project sees a paradigm shift necessary: by using Participatory Action Research (PAR), the project will develop Transcultural Case Studies out of the real (working) life. This is an innovative approach, giving members of marginalized groups, in this case migrants/refugees, an active role and a voice in order to co-create the aimed new competence and job profile called Transition Mentor.