Thursday, 20 February 2014

Refugee Empowerment Project in Malta

The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Malta has just launched a project titled “Refugee Empowerment and Action for Community Transformation” (REACT), which is partly funded by the European Refugee Fund (ERF). REACT aims to facilitate the integration of beneficiaries of international protection and asylum seekers, empowering them to be agents of change and foster a culture of welcome and inclusion, by raising awareness of their experience, fostering a deeper understanding of the causes of forced displacement, promoting greater respect for human dignity and appreciation of the diversity of people and cultures in Malta today.

 During the first phase of the project, the eight beneficiaries of international protection participating in this project are participating in capacity-building activities focusing on: language training (English and basic Maltese); Maltese History and Culture; Human Rights and the rights of beneficiaries of protection; Communication and Public Speaking Skills.

At a later stage, and upon successful completion of the training, participants will be engaged in awareness raising activities organized by JRS Malta targeting children in local primary and secondary schools, using drama, story-telling and culture-based activities with a view to promoting a better understanding of refugee issues.

 For more information contact Stephanie Micallef: or vitis the JRS website.

Information provided by Stephanie Micallef, JRS

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