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LIB(e)RO: Libraries in Europe provide starting aid for minor and young refugees

LIB(e)RO: Libraries in Europe provide starting aid for minor and young refugees

Libraries collect and preserve the knowledge of societies: Now, libraries in Austria, Germany and Greece explore their potential to make use of this knowledge and establish themselves as intercultural learning environment for refugees - with the help of an e-learning platform. Researchers of the University of Passau support this endeavor, coordinated by the Danube University in Krems, by developing this e-learning platform.

Positive start into a new language and society

Unaccompanied minor refugees are entitled to special protection. Often they are traumatized by the experiences in their home countries and their escape. A new start in Europe is difficult: According to a EUROPOL representative thousands of these children have disappeared for varying reasons. Therefore, it is necessary to establish structures in the countries of entry and host countries, which help minor and young refugees to recover and to make a positive start into a new language and society. This is the underlying idea of project LIB(e)RO. Its project aim is to make use of the potential of public libraries as learning environment for these young people. LIB(e)RO on Facebook

Within the frame of the project, librarians and social workers from the partner countries Austria, Germany and Greece will be involved. They will establish public libraries as socially inclusive learning spaces. Minor and young migrants will be able to come there to acquire knowledge of language and culture of their host country and the European Union in general.

A research group of the University of Passau will connect the libraries within the frame of project LIB(e)RO through an e-learning platform. Via this online-platform librarians and social workers will also be offered the opportunity to receive additional professional training. They will be able to learn more about the socially inclusive learning approach and how to promote and guide socially inclusive learning in their libraries. At the same time, the project will offer learning units for refugees, which they can use to take first steps into a new language and society.

Project partners and funding

At the University of Passau LIB(e)RO is supervised by Prof. Dr. Daniel Göler, Jean-Monnet-Chair of European Politics. The Chair is thereby acting as strategic partner within the project and is, among others, responsible for the development of the e-learning platform. Prof. Dr. Monika Kil and Dr. Filiz Keser-Aschenberger (both Interdisciplinary Continuing Education Planning and Research Unit, Danube University Krems) are acting as project coordinators. Other partners within the project are komm.bib (Fachverband Kommunaler Bibliotheken Niederösterreichs), WIFO (Economic Forum of the Region of Passau), the National Library of Greece as well as the Greek organisation Action Synergy. The project is funded with support from the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union. 

Principal Investigator(s) at the University Prof. Dr. Daniel Göler (Professur für Europäische Politik)
Project period 01.10.2016 - 30.09.2018
Source of funding
Europäische Union (EU) > EU - ERASMUS+
Europäische Union (EU) > EU - ERASMUS+
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