In May, the German National Agency invited the VIC team to contribute with an article to the EPALE’s thematic focus for June “Assessing adults’ skills”. The article highlights major findings from the first research phase, gives an overview of the envisaged training course for adult educators, and explains the guiding principle for the further development work.
You can find our article here.

 

On 10./11. of April, the VIC partners met in Vienna and started developing the competence framework based on LEVEL5 for assessing and validating refugees’ competences related to the integration process.

According to the idea that all citizens shall be equipped with a number of competences to be able to live peacefully together in a diverse society the VIC partners set up a repository of competences.

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VIC aims to validate integration competences of refugees and the impact of integration programmes.
In order to understand the scope of European integration activities for refugees across Europe the VIC partners firstly carried out a survey on existing integration programmes in different European member states.
The results show that most of these programmes relate to linguistic and certain formal citizenship topics. In many cases, there is neither a description of the objectives of the integration programme nor a clear description of the aspired competences within these courses. Therefore, it is very difficult to derive a common definition of what “integration” actually means in each of the courses. 

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VIC will develop an approach to measure the effectiveness of the educational offers that have been put in place to ease immigrants’ pathways to integration, on the one hand, and to assess their impact on the individual integration competences of the immigrants, on the other hand. Hence the project is focusing on the validation of integration competences.

VIC will develop a validation system for this purpose which is based on the LEVEL5 approach. LEVEL5 is a unique system to validate competences and competence developments and to create learning environments and pathways in non-formal and informal learning contexts.

VIC has officially started in December 2017 with a first partner meeting in Bonn, Germany.

The two-day meeting served to get to know the project and the involved staff members and to plan in further detail the next steps. Currently, the partners are exploring existing integration programmes in their countries in order to destil from them an operational working definition of “integration competence” as basis for the development of the VIC validation approach.