THE INITIATIVE PROMOTER’S PERSPECTIVE
In 2010 Efling, labour union got a grant from the project "European Year against Poverty". Efling together with Mímir- lífelong learning centre decided to have a course of 200 class hours for Polish women, members of Efling, who had been unemployed for a long time.
The objective was to activate a group of unemployed people who needed to improve their Icelandic language skills, their self image and to become stronger candidates when looking for a job.
A timetable was created with a great variety of subjects. Skilled freelance teachers were contacted to carry out the training. The subjects were the following: Icelandic, pronunciation of Icelandic, social studies, computer skills, English, self-image support, visual arts, nutrition, competence portfolio, academic/job counselling, gymnastic exercise, social activities including a trip to Reykjanes.
The women came voluntarily to the course, after receiving an invitation from Efling. The evaluation of the course showed that the students improved their self-image, they felt stronger when seeking for jobs and felt better in general.
The approach was very much tailor-made which had an impact on the good results. As many of the teachers spoke Polish language, the results were best seen among the Polish women. Atli Lýðsson, from Efling, introduced the project, once it was over, in a conference in the City Council House, dedicated to "European Year against Poverty and Social Isolation".
The experience has encouraged to realise the Yrkja-course again, and for new target groups, including also men.
Recognition for the good work that was done in the project. Increase of motivation among the project team.
Try to find the right people to be involved in the project. Motivation and enthousiasm are relevant for a succesful project.
THE NELLIP NETWORK’S PERSPECTIVE
Cultural awareness of migrant languages
VOLL - Vocationally oriented language learning
Social exclusion - disadvantaged learners
The project has a concrete target group of Polish migrant women who need language training and training for the social integration. The language training is combined with other skills. A detailed training programme has received good learning and integration results. There is a continuation of the project as new training has been organised after the first one.
THE NATIONAL AGENCY’S PERSPECTIVE
Polish immigrants are the largest group of immigrants in Iceland. Efling labour has about 20 000 members, 3000 of them are Polish. "YRKJA" does great work in language learning for a big population of immigrants in Iceland. I like the emphasis of integration of language learning and active participation in society, as well as the structured cooperation between the adult learning centre and the labour unit with regard to language learning.
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