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Integration practices Tasse (We are)  (Unofficial translation)
Project begin 02/02/2005

Target audience

  • AGE
    • 18-25
    • <18
    • 2nd/ 3rd generation
    • Students
    • In vocational training
    • Female
    • Male


    • Civic education
    • Vocational training and career development
    • Social inclusion
    • Out-of-school education incl. life-long learning and distance education
    • E-learning
Project end
Country of residence Portugal
City / Region
City Moita and Alhos Vedros administrative parishes, municipality of Moita, metropolitan area of Lisbon, Portugal
Abstract (EN)

The project is being developed in Quinta da Fonte de Prata neighbourhood (administrative parishes of Moita and Alhos Vedros, municipality of Moita, metropolitan area of Lisbon) in 3 main axes of intervention. The first is the promotion of learning and self-esteem, based on a participative methodology of action-reflection-action and leisure and pedagogic methods and instruments. The second axis deals with the participation of the parents and the increase of parental competencies because supervision and monitoring of children is essential to achieve a successful school inclusion. The third axis is the promotion of entrepreneurship, participation and employability of young people due to the relevance of unemployment and/or lack of occupation among youngsters aged between 16 and 24 in the community and the rising cases of deviant behaviour.

Issue/challenge and

The general goal is to promote the inclusion of children and youngsters living in the administrative parishes of Moita and Alhos Vedros (municipality of Moita, Lisbon metropolitan area) in the school activities and to stimulate their social and professional learning. The first specific goal is to involve at least 150 children and teenagers aged between 7 and 18 in each year of the project in activities that develop learning and self-esteem. The second specific goal is to involve at least 70 families of children and young participants in activities promoting school participation and parental competencies. The third goal is to increase vocational training and employability of 30 youngsters aged between 16 and 24 living in the previously mentioned localities in each year of the project.

How does it work?

The project gives major importance to the constant articulation between school and the regular follow up of the family as essential to the success of the intervention. The team works regularly with the families in order to help them to function and bring up their children in the best possible way, including training on parental guidance. The intervention of the team is also made at the employment level by trying to find more motivating solutions for their participation in the process of construction of their life projects oriented towards a healthy and satisfying future. The goal is twofold, on the one hand to develop entrepreneurial competencies and skills towards employability integrating these youngsters in training internships as a complementary instrument to their training and bring the social responsibility of enterprises and institutions to the process, on the other.


The results reached in 2012 were the following: 78.7% of the participants in the project attending school had school success; 52.4% had an increase in their self-esteem; 58.5% had an increase in parental competence; and 32 youngsters were covered by vocational training and employability actions.


The project’s self evaluation is regularly done in meetings of the team every trimester and with the consortium every semester. In each trimester there are also evaluation meetings with the representatives of the participants (one of each of the three cycles of education, one of the secondary level and another representing the youngsters older than 18). The evaluation of the impact of the project in the evolution of learning competencies and self-esteem is done according to the following model:

  1. Evaluation at the beginning and in the end of each school year of the learning competencies of the participants; 
  2. Comparison of the evolution between the students who participate in the project and those who do not in terms of acquisition of competencies; 
  3. Evaluation at the beginning and in the end of each school year of the self-esteem using the Coopersmith scale. 
Comparison of the results before and after the test with those obtained by students from the Group of Schools of José Afonso de Alhos Vedros who do not attend the project. The parents are also evaluated through their presence in the school meetings and the evolution of parental competencies is assessed by the Index of Parental Stress. Questionnaires evaluating the satisfaction are also done to the participants in actions of job searching. There is also a final internship report that the trainees have to hand in.

Who will benefit?

The neighbourhood is a particularly vulnerable territory due to the social and economic difficulties that the resident population, mostly immigrant or from immigrant descent, have to face (rising unemployment, lower monthly income). The majority of the participants are from African descent, namely Guinea-Bissau, Angola and Cape Verde. 38% are facing school failure; 31% deviant behaviour, 80% of which due to consumption of illegal substances; 23% unemployed or without an occupation; 9% are victims of sexual abuse; 8% are being exposed to deviant models of behaviour in the household; 6% living situations of family negligence; 4% have a process running in the General Directorate of Social Re-insertion (DGRS); 2% with school absenteeism; 2% have a protection measure from the Commission Protecting Children and Youngsters of Moita municipality (CPCJ).

Source of funding
and resources used

The funding is from the Choices Programme (Programa Escolhas). There is also support from the Food Bank Against Hunger, a protocol with the Association Entreajuda, a protocol with the Bank of Donated Goods. The team delivered a candidacy to the PROACIS Foundation and there is also an annual campaign to collect donations and scholarships given by enterprises and private donors.

Organisation Fundação Santa Rafaela Maria
Contact person Rita Cortez (Send email)
Function Project coordinator


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