The Social Integration & Livelihood team of Caritas Athens presented its program in the “Erasmus + Child in Mind Project Self-learning for Informal Childminders” daily conference.
The project “Child in Mind”, with the participation of five member countries of the European Union (Greece, Ireland, Spain, Italy and Slovakia) and with the coordinated from the University of Macerata (Italy), aims at supporting high quality vocational education for adults, coming from vulnerable social groups and providing or intending to deal with informal home care for preschool children (0-6 years).
Caritas Athens representatives have highlighted the importance of vocational training for adult refugees in their social integration, as they cannot work in formal education structures because of the difficulty of certifying their studies. They cited examples from the rich experience of their beneficiaries and stressed that through programs such as “Child in Mind” access to the private sector as self-employed could be gained.
In addition, for women with little or no professional experience, their vocational training would be an incentive for the labor market, while it should not be forgotten that one of the problems faced by refugee families is the difficulty of getting their children to a nursery, with the result that one of the parents is excluded from work opportunities.