The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is an international Catholic non-governmental organization, founded in 1980 by the Society of Jesus. The mission of JRS is to accompany, serve and advocate the cause of refugees and forcibly displaced persons worldwide. JRS is present in about 60 countries, serving and accompanying about 500 000 migrants every year.
In Portugal, JRS was established in 1992 and since then we have been supporting migrants and refugees by providing them social, psychological, medical and legal support, and also by implementing projects that focus on language learning, training, developing skills and access to the labour market. JRS Portugal also runs a shelter to host homeless migrants, Centro Pedro Arrupe, and is present daily at the only migrant detention centre in the country, Unidade Habitacional de Santo António, where we provide psychosocial support and monitor detention conditions and legality. JRS Portugal is also responsible for the coordination of the technical aspects and operations on the ground of the Refugee Support Platform (PAR) and for the management and technical support of the Temporary Centre for Refugees (CATR) of the Lisbon Municipality.
In addition to its strong work in the field of forced migrant integration, JRS - Portugal also develops actions based on its reflection and experience, both nationally and internationally, participating in the debate about the protection of human rights of migrants, especially asylum seekers and “irregular” migrants who are in detention and those who are destitute of their rights.
Spolek PELICAN is a non-profit association active in the field of education and culture. It is based on the belief that one way to improve the quality of education is to raise public awareness of current trends in education and support their implementation in all levels of educational organizations.
The topic of foreign citizens, immigrants and minorities has always been one of the most central issues of Spolek PELICAN’s activities. Based on extensive experience of its members with providing Czech lessons for foreigners, accompanied with regular consultations covering a wide range of issues related to life in the Czech Republic, the institution is always ready to participate in projects aimed at similar issues.
PELICAN seems to build a network of NGOs engaged in similar activities in the Czech Republic and abroad. In European project teams, PELICAN is usually responsible for the development of digital, multimedia-rich teaching and learning materials, such as video tutorials and appetizers to other project outputs.
Conradh na Gaeilge
Conradh na Gaeilge is the democratic forum for the Irish-speaking community and works on behalf of the Irish-speaking and Gaeltacht community to promote the language throughout Ireland and worldwide. Conradh na Gaeilge was established by Douglas Hyde, Eoin Mac Néill, and their colleagues on the 31st of July 1893. Since then, members of the Conradh have been actively promoting Irish in every aspect of life in Ireland, from legal and educational affairs to the development of new media and services through Irish.
Conradh na Gaeilge currently has over 200 branches and numerous individual members registered around the world, from Carntogher to Cúil Aodha and from Hong Kong to Canada. Every member of Conradh na Gaeilge works hard to promote the use of Irish locally within their own community. Conradh na Gaeilge is an all-Ireland organisation that encourages the people of Ireland to respect and value our unique linguistic heritage, giving us a fresh perspective and understanding of our culture.Organisation's Mission Statement
To promote the use of Irish as the standard common language in Ireland.Main Areas of Work
- Empowering Communities
- Entertainment / Festivals
- Raising awareness
CONEQT is a Danish based SME, and works with Content Development, Education, and Social Action. Coneqt’s mission is to create tools and resources that empower educators around the globe to place focus on the creation of links between learning and real life skills.
Cecilia Leboeuf, the founder of Coneqt, has a bachelor in education, with a specialty in foreign language acquisition, as well as two pedagogical diplomas; Internationalisation in Education and Comparative Pedagogy.
After several years of teaching in primary and secondary education, Cecilia continued to pursue new challenges in vocational education. Due to a realisation that there was a significant gap between the needs of vocational education learners and the availability of English teaching resources in the sector, she began creating materials to supply her colleagues with the content needed to meet the requirements of students learning English in vocational education. The materials developed, focused on a more hands-on, communicative way of learning, where materials not only included the acquisition of language skills, but language skills directly related to the learners’ future job requirements. It was through this work, that Coneqt began developing content for a Danish on-line education platform, where she became the sole contributor of technical English language resources for the Danish vocational education sector.
Along with this, Coneqt has delivered inspiration and ideas, to creating learner-centred communicative teaching resources, with special focus on vulnerable and at risk youths and children, as well as adult learners from areas of society, stigmatised by low academic success rates. Beside publishing books, developing project ideas and resources for teachers, Coneqt also offers teacher training courses and consultancy to schools in Denmark and Europe. These courses provide inspiration for schools, and other entities, in the development of innovative ideas for inclusion and changing attitudes towards learning.
To learn more about Coneqt, go to www.coneqt.dk
IPAV-INSTITUTO PADRE ANTÓNIO VIEIRA is a non-profit civic association, recognized as a private social welfare institution (IPSS) and a Non-Governmental Development Organization (NGDO), its objective being reflection, education and action in the promotion of human dignity, social solidarity, sustainability, development, diversity and dialogue between civilizations/cultures.It acts by developing and managing social innovation projects which provide solutions to unresolved social needs at the national and international level, in particular by supporting children and young people, the family, social/community integration, the protection of citizens in old age, disability and in all situations where there is need or reduced means of subsistence.
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