A few months after the kick-off meeting of the BLTeae project in Marseille, a French team from the ESPE (School of Teaching and Education) of Aix-Marseille University, attended the second transnational meeting of the XENIOS ZEUS project, which took place in Palermo, Italy from May 4th to May 7th. XENIOS ZEUS is a Erasmus+ Strategic partnership, the full name of the project is 'eXpanding Educational Training actIvities fOr refugeeS in Zones of apprEndship Utilising educational Structures'.
Within the ESPE of Aix-Marseille University, this project is led by Jean-Luc Fauguet, senior lecturer and policy officer for international projects and partnerships.
Thus, partners met in Palermo in order to talk about the activities, which have been held so far, as well as the deliverable to be carried out in the months to come, such as the educational material.
The XENIOS ZEUS project is a Strategic partnership project for school education, which aims at developing courses of study for refugees recently arrived in Greece, Italy and France – both adults and children -, creating tools (other than language and linguistic tools) for developing intercultural knowledge and civic practices, as well as facilitating the integration of democratic ideals and the inclusion on the labour market. The intention is to take into account the growing disparities between the migrant populations recently arrived in Greece, Italy and France, in terms of language, knowledge and education.
Coordinated by the Regional Directorate of Primary and Secondary Education of Central Macedonia, this project has an overall budget of 282 130 euros (2016-2018) and integrates Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the University of Western Macedonia, Aix-Marseille University, two NGOs (Center for Addiction Prevention and Health Promotion in Western Thessaloniki and Human Rights Youth Organization in Palermo, Italy), the Cartographic Heritage Archives of Greece, the two municipalities of Peonia and Delta, where the two refugee camps of northern Greece are located.