The project FAMILY+ aims at overcoming the social exclusion of families through family education and empowerment offers which are tailormade to the needs of disavantaged and migrant families. This project goal corresponds with two of the horizontal priorities of the ERASMUS+ call 2018:
Horizontal Priority: Social Inclusion
The "family" can be considered as one important access point to groups of society that suffer social exclusion. On the one hand, families, especially those with an immigrant background, are more effected by poverty than other groups of society and as a consequence by social exclusion. For about a fifth (21 percent) of all children in Germany, poverty is a constant companion. (see study Bertelsmann Stiftung (Hrsg.) (2017): Armutsmuster in Kindheit und Jugend. Bielefeld) A significant proportion of children at risk of poverty find themselves in immigrant families: migrant households in Germany account for 46 percent of families without a secure income. In Sweden and Norway, the share of children in poverty is lower in general but also significantly high if it comes to migrant children. It is also proven in many studies that social and educational discrepancies of parents are inherited by the children - so social exclusion is manifested in many generations. According to the above named study of the German Bertelsmann Stiftung, children who grow up in poverty on a permanent basis are quickly clinging to a kind of underclass mentality - for a lifetime.
On the other hand, through their children, parents with difficult backgrounds and migration history still have links to the society, e.g. via kindergarten, schools, clubs etc. Moreover, during the family formation phase, parents often have an intrinsic motivation to look for support and family related learning opportunities. Family education can make use of this. Researchers have identified the educational gap as a transmission channel for poverty into the next generation. (see e.g. study Bertelsmann Stiftung (Hrsg.) (2017): Armutsmuster in Kindheit und Jugend. Bielefeld). The project FAMILY+ therefore identified family education and empowerment as one promising way to interrupt the transmission of social exclusion from one generation to the other. In line with the ERASMUS+ horizontal priority "social inclusion" the Family+ project focuses on "inclusion through education". In the long term, the project partners intend to increase social inclusion through lifelong learning, securing migrant families an equal possibility of a holistic development responding to the different life phases of the family.
Horizontal Priority: Development of High Quality Skills and Competences
The FAMILY+ project focuses on family education that aims to support parenting skills (recognising their life experience), related to the development phases of children, especially to those which are crucial for the educational pathways of children. Like this, the project not only improves skills and competences of the parents with relevant educational offers - it has also positive effects on school careers and the devlopment of skills and competences of the children. Another aspect of interest is the supporting of the parents to acquire basic skills in a broad sense (e.g. incl. skills in the field of health and nutrition, and developing key competences like language (the language of the country they migrated to)). Also, it is crucial to sensitize educational staff and to qualify them for the work with migrant families. So skills development takes place on the level of staff in the field of education.
The project FAMILY+ is, thus, in line with the ERASMUS+ goal to support individuals (= parents) in acquiring and developing basic skills and key competences (= family skills as well as basic skills like comunicating, reading and writing) in order to foster [...] participation in civic and social life.
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