Sponsored project: Transition: from School to Employment & sewing project
Responsible body: SchlaU-School, Munich
Sponsorship: 2013 – 2019
At the SchlaU-School around 320 young refugees are taught in up to 20 classes and guided towards graduation. Aside from normal education they also receive individually targeted and intensive support with the aim to enable these young adults to quickly join the German school and education system. The program “SchlaU Transition School-Employment” is a holistic support program of the SchlaU-School, which accompanies alumni during their practical training or employment and ensures a lasting integration process. Moreover, in acute crisis situations the teenagers have access to counselling with trained social workers. Through this support network the pupils are encouraged to continue the training programs and dropout should be prevented. The companies taking on the trainees are also supported before and during the training period by a specialized contact person.
Moving Child has been supporting the “SchlaU transition: from school to employment” program since 2013 and also financed the sewing project of the SchlaU school until 2019, which is offered to underage female refugees. The SchlaU-Schule deliberately decided to do a needlework project, because the young women are culturally familiar with sewing and knitting, since these are valued handicrafts in their countries of origin. At present, the participants in the project primarily come from various countries in Africa and the Middle East. Many of the young women are traumatized and stressed by the separation from their families and familiar cultural surroundings. Many of them are in the process of being integrated into the German school system at the time of their participation in the project, so that they can obtain a vocational qualification.
The sewing project offers a protected environment to its participants where they can make contact with each other and have small successes in terms of the principles of Maria Montessori: “Help me to do it myself.”
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