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EU grant for flexible learning project for refugees and immigrants

Refugees at school

The aim of the project is to facilitate integration and to reduce the education gap for refugees and immigrants through flexible and tailor-made courses in topics such as working life, health, welfare, education and legislation (photo: Colorbox)

The Centre for Lifelong Learning (SELL) has been awarded a grant from the EU for a research and development project that will help strengthen integration and reduce the education gap for refugees and immigrants.

The grant is awarded through the Erasmus+ programme to the project “Reducing the Educational Gap for migrants and refugees in EU countries with highly relevant e-learning resources offering strong social belonging” (ReGap).

The project aims to boost integration and to reduce the educational gap by offering flexible and tailor-made courses in topics such as working life, health, welfare, education and legislation.

Extensive use of visual media

The pedagogical approach in the courses is based on recent research, and emphasizes awareness of cultural adaptation, gender and general equality, as well as social affiliation.
There will also be extensive use of visual media, especially “digital storytelling,” to compensate for lacking language skills.

Each course will consist of a generic (universal) part and a part adapted to the specific conditions (law, practicalities, etc.) in the host country.

The courses can be taken either as standalone online courses or be included in various introductory programmes for refugees and immigrants, and will be tested in Italy, Portugal, Macedonia and Norway.

International cooperation

The project is a collaboration between institutions in four countries: LUMSA University in Rome, University of Porto, Community Development Institute in Tetovo, and Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, the latter acting as coordinator. The partners have previously collaborated on other EU projects, and build on their mutual experience. Read more about this on

In the expert assessment from Erasmus+, the application achieved a total of 90 out of 100 points, and the project is described as “a very exciting project [that] can be of great importance in Europe today. The proposal is carefully planned and the methodology meticulously described. The proposal shows that all phases of the project have been properly designed.”

The project has started on 1. September 2017, and will run for two years.

The partners collaborate with both national and regional actors in the respective partner countries, and are very interested in getting in touch with organizations and individuals involved in work with refugees and immigrants.

Please contact coordinator Brit Svoen at the Centre for Lifelong Learning for more information, or if you wish to become a partner in the project.