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 of the system 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. Explore the project results.

From this project was born the Book of Recommendations “Is this for me? – What drives young people to participate” (here), which was publicly released in a 2-day Event. This event involved Pros, Decision-makers and Professionals to share experiences, challenges and solutions in collaboration and to co-build the Principles of Collaboration between young people and adults. Find out what happened at this event here and get to know your 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 of the system and their involvement is recognized as an important part of building an education system working at its best.

Sintraés+
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 by 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. Explore 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 (on request). 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 (on request).

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 of the system 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 of the system and their involvement is recognized as an important part of building an education system working at its best.

Piloto
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' principals. 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 & Integration, we count on the 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.

EMBRACE | Creation of a European Participation Model
National Mapping - Phase 2

For 2 years (2022-2023), ComParte & Integração integrates a European consortium of 6 countries (Greece, Italy, France, Belgium, Slovenia and Portugal), for the implementation of the EMBRACE project (“Empowering Migrants to Be Representative Actors in Community Engagement”). This project, financed by AMIF (Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund), aims to create a European model for the participation of migrants and refugees, through the implementation of different participatory methodologies in the various territories, including the ComParte methodology that will be replicated in different countries. At a national level, the project will be implemented in Guimarães, Braga and Lisbon, with the partnership of the Guimarães City Council and the “Guimarães Acolhe” consortium, the Braga City Council and local partners, CRESCER and Renovar a Mouraria.
With EMBRACE, we will continue the National Mapping, by deepening the themes that emerged in Phase 1. To this end, several consultation sessions are planned in the various cities of the country, Meetings between Pros, decision makers and local and national professionals, as well as Collaborative moments of co-construction of solutions and responses involving the various actors in the system. All the knowledge will be compiled in a notebook at national and European level.

Welcome Kit – Recommendations for your upgrade

ComParte accepted the challenge of the High Commissioner for Migration (ACM) to hear the perspectives of the Pros of Integration about the Welcome Kit – a reception kit developed and offered by the ACM to the majority of refugees and asylum seekers arriving in Portugal. The proposal to listen to the Pros on this topic came as part of a new production of this kit, by the ACM, which wanted to count on the contributions of the Pros to evaluate the current version of this tool and collect recommendations for its update, in order to become more effective.

This process took place in the first half of 2022, involving 38 Afghan refugees. The experiences and recommendations collected were compiled in a Notebook and presented by the Pros of Integration to the team of the Support Nucleus for the Integration of Refugees of the ACM.

MEERU Approaches | The Impact of Proximity Teams

At the invitation of MEERU | Make way, ComParte & Integração was able to understand the impact of the Program's Proximity Teams MEERU Approach in the integration of refugee families, listening to 22 Pros of Integration residing in the North of the country (Viana do Castelo, Braga, Porto, Gondomar, Vila Nova de Gaia and São João da Madeira). These Teams, composed of volunteers, aim to promote greater integration in the country, through the involvement and training of members of civil society in direct and informal relations with refugee families. This project, implemented at the end of 2021, made it possible to understand with the Pros how integration is enhanced, as well as to collect their experiences and recommendations that allow us to evaluate, rethink and adjust the operation of the Program. Being a pioneering project, 20 volunteers were also consulted to complement the knowledge of the Pros. The knowledge gathered was presented to the MEERU team | Open the Way in a face-to-face meeting with Pros and an online meeting with volunteers. is available Notebook which compiles the main ideas and recommendations collected, which may leave clues for community involvement in the integration of refugees.

National Mapping - Phase I

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. The booklet “How is it to start from zero?” was produced. which brings together the experiences and recommendations of the Pros involved in Phase I of the project (on request), with the following results, which was presented at the national event: “The experience of refugees in Portugal: What is it like to start from scratch?”. This collaborative event resulted in several ideas created together between refugees, decision makers and professionals, available here.

Share | Event: "The experience of refugees in Portugal: What is it like to start from scratch?"

 
 

The Impact of COVID-19 on Integration

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 (on request).

Local Mapping

DSince XNUMX, 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 refugees in Portugal. To date, we have collected the experience of more than XNUMX refugees and asylum seekers. Within the scope of this project, meetings have already been held between Pros of Integration and the administration 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)

English EN Portuguese PT