Transcultural Open Badges Platform for Migrant's Transition Mentoring EARLY LIFE FAMILIY CARE


Uudistuva oppiminen
1.9.2018 - 31.7.2021
Erasmus+ Key Action 2
Projektin kuvaus

Open Badge Platform for Migrant's Transition Mentoring in Early Life Family
(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

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
. 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.

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.

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.

Projektin tulokset

The main outcome will be a Transcultural Open Badge Platform (ToBP), an open virtual validation and educational space to educate future Transition Mentors in the field of ELFC. Especially an interactive Inventory of Transcultural Transition Cases will provide the opportunity for higher education institutes (HEI) and vocational education and training (VET) professionals to use and store developed teaching cases. The establishment of a European Social Network on Transition Mentoring completes the actions and guarantees sustainability. The project’s innovative approach coupled with newly developed open technology will result in long term benefits for marginalized groups in Europe and helps to strengthen social cohesion through transnational validation of migrant’s knowledge, competences and transition skills. Figuratively speaking ToBP will provide a so-called TransReCOLand, enabling barrier-free Transitions, providing RECOvery and outlining RECOgnition for targeted groups, ranging from pregnant women, mothers, fathers, babies, toddlers to aspiring Transition Mentors.