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Learning about Slovenian history, culture and its constitutional set up

By teaching refugees about various cultural and historical aspects of Slovenian society, the project helped them understand their host country and integrate easier into society.

Project dates 01/08/2011 - 30/11/2011
Total budget€3 501
EU contribution75%
Name of the entity managing the projectCene Štupar - Centre for Permanent Education

Project Description

Initial integration into a host country can be difficult for non-EU migrants who have obtained international protection status. The Centre for Permanent Education in Slovenia ran a 30-hour course teaching refugees about the history, culture and constitutional elements of their new country with funding from this project.

The programme involved both theoretical and practical elements, with the centre organising six workshops for participants, as well as an excursion to a chosen region. The workshops taught the refugees a variety of theoretical knowledge on the history, culture, religion, cuisine, daily life, and geographical features of Slovenia, and in particular of the visited region within Slovenia.

For participants with less developed Slovenian language skills, the Centre also ran the programme in English.

Benefits and results

The first programme was implemented in Ljubljana and Maribor, with 11 out of 14 participants completing the full course. The participants were all in the initial phase of integration into daily life and work in Slovenia, and had not participated in any similar programmes before.

Theoretical knowledge in itself is not enough for the refugees to fully understand a country’s history and culture. The practical aspect of an excursion reinforced what the participants had learnt during the workshops and, in doing so, helped the refugees to better understand and integrate within Slovenian society.

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