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Civilhood: An EU program for unaccompanied minors

Updated: Nov 4, 2022

Civilhood – Enhancing unaccompanied minors transition to early adulthood through civic education and labour market integration, is an EU funded program designed by seven partners: ARSIS KOINONIKI ORGANOSI YPOSTIRIXIS NEON (Greece, coordinator), KENTRO EVROPAIKOU SYNTAGMATIKOU DIKAIO IDRYMA THEMISTOKLI KAI DIMITRI TSATSOU (Greece), ZNANSTVENO-RAZISKOVALNO ZDRUZENJE ZA UMETNOST, KULTURNE IN IZOBRAZEVALNE PROGRAME IN TEHNOLOGIJO EPEKA, SOCIALNO PODJETJE (Slovenia), CESIE (Italy), CODECA – Center for Social Cohesion, Development and Care (Cyprus), SUDWIND VEREIN FUR ENTWICKLUNGSPOLITIK UND GLOBALE GERECHTIGKEIT (Austria) & OSTERREICHISCHE KINDERFREUNDE (Austria).

CODECA is responsible for the Coordination of curriculum design and delivery, and coordination of trainers' training and trainings' development. Additionally, CODECA fulfils all the common activities in Cyprus.

About Civilhood

Civic education is an important yet sometimes overlooked vehicle for integrating migrants into the labour market, especially unaccompanied minors who are transitioning into adulthood. To promote their entry into their new country's work force in a manner which is mutually beneficial to them and their host communities, the Civilhood project will train professionals engaged in their support in the 5 participating Member States (Greece, Italy, Cyprus, Slovenia and Austria) to provide them with the civic skills necessary. The project is designed to promote the treatment of unaccompanied minors as rights-holders, in accordance with their best interests as children, it is planned to run for 24 months and is an AMIF co funded project.

Main proposed activities of the program

  • Needs analysis and exchange of good practices;

  • training for professionals providing support to UM in the public and private sector, and pilot training for UM;

  • development of sustainable training and awareness tools in multiple languages, including most commonly spoken migrant languages;

  • dissemination, communication and awareness activities, including a roundtable at the EU Parliament.

The project will train 350 stakeholders on the innovative Civilhood method, which will pilot test their new knowledge and skills by training 150 unaccompanied minors. A total of 3 handbooks will also be developed for unaccompanied minors, stakeholders and trainers. The project's results and outputs will be presented both to national and to EU stakeholders and policy-makers.

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