Projects

ComParte & Education

In the area of ​​Education, we invite young people to share their experiences and ideas about what works and what can be transformed in school. In this process, students meet directly with decision-makers at different levels and their involvement is recognized as an important part of building an education system working at its best.

15\25 Participate
O 15\25 Participate is an initiative of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (FCG), in partnership with ComParte, which results from the desire to listen to and involve young people in regular moments of the Foundation's strategic planning, so that the decisions taken rely on experiences, perspectives and recommendations of young beneficiaries of projects financed by the Foundation.
Designed as a model of three intensive weekends, it was adapted to the online format due to the pandemic, involving a total of 51 participants. Each session brought participants a new challenge: plasticine molding (“mold your daily life with your hands; what worries you?”), box decoration (“this box is a project you love, what's outside? and inside?), presentation of everyday objects (“bring an object to talk about who you are”) and the writing of logbooks.
Throughout the participatory process, it became evident that the shared recommendations had the potential to generate an impact beyond the activity of the FCG itself, and could inspire several areas of intervention in the youth field. Meet the project results.

In the area of ​​Education, we invite young people to share their experiences and ideas about what works and what can be transformed in school. In this process, students meet directly with decision-makers at different levels and their involvement is recognized as an important part of building an education system working at its best.

Sintras+
The SintraÉS+ project, developed in a consortium with the Municipality of Sintra, challenged ComParte to respond to one of the project's objectives: the training of professionals, using tools to strengthen the integration of migrant students in schools. This objective emerged as a challenge highlighted by the Directions of the School Groupings of Sintra.
Between November 2019 and March 2020, ComParte participated in a SintraÉS+ Forum open to the public, held 5 sessions for teachers from 3 groups of schools in the county (moments of sharing "Knowledge of the Pros", where students left recommendations and shared experiences integration at school) and developed 3 workshops for teachers, where experiences were shared in conversation circles, in which teachers and students talked about the importance of relationships at school. Throughout the project, ComParte promoted the dissemination of “Knowledge of the Pros” among several teachers in different educational communities in Sintra, strengthening the methodology with regard to the proximity work with professionals. Meet the project results.

Teachers, we need to get to know each other
This project took place in the 2018/19 school year, focusing on teacher-student relational dynamics. It was created with the aim of deepening some of the recommendations shared by the Pros in the previous school year (“Teachers make a difference”; “The beginning of many solutions: getting to know each other better”) and in response to the appeal launched by the Secretary of State of Education to try to understand how the relational dimension contributes to Education. Consultation sessions and working groups were held with the Pros and the school community, in schools in different regions of the country and with the support of the respective municipalities. As a result of this project, a new notebook was produced with recommendations from the Pros on what contributes to teachers and students getting to know each other better, feeling more secure and motivated (consult). Between September and November 2019, three conferences were held in Lisbon, Figueira da Foz and Moura with the theme "The importance of affection in the Teacher-student relationship", where the new notebook and knowledge of the Pros were disclosed, with feedback from professionals and decision makers involved throughout the project.

The Future of Education and Skills 2030 – OECD
ComParte and the Pros of Education, at the invitation of the Secretary of State for Education, attended working meetings on the future of education, in October 2017, May 2018 and October 2018, in Paris. At these meetings, thanks to the contribution of the Pros of Education, the fundamental role of students in the co-construction of knowledge and recommendations was increasingly recognized (consult).

Citizenship in Portugal Roadmap
During the 2016/2017 school year, the ComParte team, part of the Citizenship in Portugal Roadmap, went to meet Pros of Education from 50 schools across the country, to hear their experiences and recommendations. 2.643 Pros of Education participated in this project. The route involved 20 trips, 20.600 Km's, 50 Municipalities and the collection of important information for the education system, through many accents! At the end of this project, 10 Pros shared the main themes with the Secretary of State for Education, João Costa, and with the Secretary of State for Citizenship and Equality, Catarina Marcelino. The book “Pros da Educação Inspiram” was created, which can be consulted here. The impact of this project was commented by SEE, at the Conference “I want to hear the Pros of Education”.

In the area of ​​Education, we invite young people to share their experiences and ideas about what works and what can be transformed in school. In this process, students meet directly with decision-makers at different levels and their involvement is recognized as an important part of building an education system working at its best.

Micro-projects: The experience of immigrant students and students at risk of school exclusion
In the 2015/2016 school year, ComParte sought to deepen the knowledge of the experience of groups of students facing school challenges. Thus, the methodology was implemented with a group of immigrant students from Escola Gama Barros and with classes of repeat students from Escola Pedro Alexandrino. These Pros revealed very important aspects that had not been so emerging in the pilot sessions and shared them directly with the direction of their schools.

In the area of ​​Education, we invite young people to share their experiences and ideas about what works and what can be transformed in school. In this process, students meet directly with decision-makers at different levels and their involvement is recognized as an important part of building an education system working at its best.

Pilot
ComParte's activity began with a pilot phase in the education system, in the 2014/2015 school year. The pilot phase was carried out at a regional level, in the district of Lisbon, testing the receptivity, potential and points of necessary transformation of the methodology, in order to pave the way for its implementation on a national scale. It involved developing sessions with students in 7 schools to hear their experience about what works and what can be transformed in the school. Subsequently, meetings were held between students and their schools' directors, where the Pros shared their experience in relation to themes that impact their school performance, presenting ideas and suggestions for improvement to their schools' directors. The impact of these projects was reported by Pros and teachers in feedback meetings.


“When I arrived here I thought I had nothing to say about education, but throughout the day I found that we have a lot of ideas.” -Pro


“Students are a teacher's best teachers.” -Decision maker


“My desire to be involved in the functioning of the school increased a lot and in myself there was a big change, mainly in the way of expressing myself. Now I feel like I'm part of the school and I feel like I make a difference.” -Pro


"This project allowed, in a healthy and relaxed way, to expose the students' ideas" -Decision maker

ComParte & Integration

At ComParte & Integração we count on the experience, experience and knowledge of those who find refuge in Portugal. We invite the Pros of Integration to reflect on the acceptance and integration into Portuguese society and to contribute to its continuous development by proposing ideas to decision-makers.

National Mapping

In 2020, the National Mapping project began, which focuses on the experiences of reception and integration of refugees and asylum seekers in various municipalities in the country. Phase I (July to December 2020) was implemented in the municipalities of Guimarães, Castelo Branco, Coimbra and Sintra and had the collaboration of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), through financial and strategic support. In this project, we count on the contribution of the Pros of Integration as active agents in the development of the structures that host them, through the collection of their experiences and recommendations and their respective sharing directly with local and national decision-makers, contributing to the design of more effective integration processes and inclusive. A Notebook was produced that brings together the experiences and recommendations of the Pros involved in Phase I of the project (consult), with the following results.

The Impact of COVID-19

As a reflection of the COVID-19 pandemic, the social distancing measures implemented by local entities and the respective impact on social dynamics, ComParte & Integration collected the experience of more than 20 Pros, focusing on their integration experience and on the challenges and emerging reflections in this social context. Within the scope of this project, meetings were held between Pros of Integration and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), as well as with the Secretariat of State for Integration and Migration and the High Commission for Migration. A booklet was also produced that brings together the experiences and recommendations of the Pros related to this theme (consult).

Local Mapping

DSince 2015, we have been holding sessions with Integration Pros residing in the greater Lisbon region, who share with the ComParte team the most positive aspects and those that need to be transformed in welcoming and integrating in Portugal. To date, we have collected the experience of more than 210 refugees and asylum seekers. Within the scope of this project, meetings have already been held between Pros of Integration and the Directorate of the Foreigners and Borders Service (see feedback from decision makers here), the High Commissioner for Migration and the Secretary of State for Citizenship and Equality, the Lisbon City Council under the Municipal Reception Program for Refugees, the Social Security Institute and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR ). Over these years, three notebooks were produced with recommendations for different Portuguese organizations (consult).

Integration Schools

We learned from the experience of the Pros of Integration at Bobadela and Olaias Schools, in the 2014/2015 school year. In the sessions, we learned about the experience of integrating 55 young migrants and refugees. After analyzing the collected information, the Pros shared with the directors of their Schools the facilitating aspects and the challenges felt by all, bringing ideas to improve the integration of everyone at the School and in Portugal.


“With ComParte I discovered Portuguese affection and saw the joy of the new life I am building in Portugal. Thanks for everything." -Pro (Ivory Coast)


“The way they managed this meeting was frankly stimulating and innovative, which made it very productive and enriching. I appreciate this opportunity and we will certainly have more ways to develop our cooperation in the future.” -Decision maker


“The most important thing is to make life easier for new refugees in the least formal way… without borders.” -Pro (Palestine)