The Greek Forum of Refugees using the opportunity given to us for the support of the communities have brought into effect the Job Shadowing project as part of the effort to find ways for the capacity building of the communities towards their true empowerment. The objective is for the communities themselves to better organise their activities and be able to use their skills with ultimate goal their redevelopment into applicable initiatives.
GFR’s Job Shadowing project, initially an idea of our volunteers, is a pilot project tested by the communities about the informal education of their key members –who voluntarily work on the management of their community office and communication– so that they can be involved in the development of activities within their community.
GFR has always been searching for ways to mobilize the communities, supporting them in order to self-organise, improve their management capacity and actively participate in social life and public debate.
How it all started:
- We created a call, for educational purposes, about micro projects based on the needs of each community with low budget within our means
- The key element of the project was set to be informal education through job shadowing for the support of the organisation of activities by refugees
- The objective was set to be the empowerment of key members of each community as actors and their reinforcement through methodology in order to organise presentations, events and meetings, and to use and improve their expertise and experience so that they can cooperate independently as partners in action programmes
- to present their community
- to talk about the problems of the community
- to organise all kinds of activities
- to support their community structurally
- to learn how the activities of the communities can turn into projects for funding in practice
- to turn their ideas into activities and projects
- Through this project GFR supports the empowerment of the communities long-term in a specific and measurable way.
For the next two years GFR aims to:
- Employ 50% of the office staff from the refugee communities
- Support the staffing of the offices of its community-members
- Help the empowerment of active participation of the refugee communities in social integration
- Defend even more strongly the rights of the refugees
- Support the improvement of the relations between the refugee communities
- Every community to have a trained manager in their office
- The communities to have management capacity to participate/ manage projects of the European programme Erasmus+ and Greek funding organisations
- Creation of methodology and educational material
- Organisation of events and activities in every community
- The project is ongoing (duration 100 hours –50 hours theory and 50 hours practice)
- The trainers teach based on experiential learning methods and tools
- The communities completed a written proposal for action
- The proposal also included a budget due to a small sum provided in the project
- 6 communities submitted 6 proposals for action on a deadline
- An evaluation committee was appointed by friends of the organization with experience
- The committee attended the presentations of the communities and made observations about each project and its objectives
- The evaluation was completed with no losers or winners
- Whoever was not positively evaluated will have the chance to redo their presentation, tackle the challenges and learn the steps to lead them to the success of their idea more efficiently
- The project implementation will be immediate.
Soon we will start the empowerment programme for each community separately.
Lastly, we would like to point out that the specific project for the empowerment of the communities is done, as seen fit, by the communities themselves and the active participation and support of the communities’ Boards of Directors.