About half of the migrants in the world today are women, as has been the case for several decades. Women who immigrate to Europe come in search of economic opportunity, to join family members, or as asylum seekers and refugees. This population is as large as it is diverse. There were 14.9 million female immigrants in the 27 countries of the European Union (EU) in 2009, constituting 47.3 percent of the foreign-born population.  However migrant women are one of the most disadvantaged groups in the EU in terms of labour participation and social inclusion. Based on statistical information, we know that their average earnings are less, they are over-represented in the lower status jobs and they are often under employed.

The Framework for the Council of Europe Work on the Migration Issues (2011) strongly recommends the adaptation of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) for purposes of integration of migrants and persons belonging to communities of immigrant background.

Moreover fostering the second language acquisition of migrant mothers with preschool age children will allow them to develop a more aware and active citizenship and to be ready to interface with the many institutions and bodies involved in their children education and life.

The project aims to design and pilot a methodology and tools to involve young migrant mothers with children aged 2-6 in a language and content integrated training.  A training course will be delivered in every partner country with the aim to teach migrant mothers L2 together with useful contents related to family management and basic active citizenship skills: basic ICT (using a browser and a email software), nursing principles, information about nursing services in the host countries, citizenship, food education, health education.

The contents of the course, closely related to everyday life and common issues the mothers have to cope with, will be specifically designed to encourage the attendance of those women who are more reluctant to formal training paths, because of their low education level and therefore low familiarity with traditional didactic environments.

The innovative impact of this course is represented by the fact that the mothers will learn through the interaction with their children,that will be present in part of the lessons: the mothers will be invited to nurse and communicate with them in L2.

For a better learning, also a set of short videos containing video lessons on the topics addressed by the course will be produced.

The project is being coordinated by CIDI ( Italy ) with the participation of partner organizations from  Austria, Cyprus, Sweden and Spain.



This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
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Project Number 540030-LLP-1-2013-1-IT-GRUNDTVIG-GMP “Mothers and Children in L2”