A lot has changed over the last decade around both attitudes/perception of refugees and continuing support of multiculturalism and diversity.
Because of this, the "Signs goes North" project will create an innovative model for promoting cultural diversity and social inclusion. It will use visual representations (photography of city signs, videos of everyday life) and story telling to introduce refugees and newly arrived migrants to the city’s local languages and cultures and in parallel to introduce the city’s local population to the language and culture of the refugees and migrants. Photos of local landmarks (eg. a square or monument), everyday locations (eg. shops, bank, post office), natural and urban landscape (eg. parks, lakes/seaside, houses, squares) will be used to promote and teach the language and culture of the host country to the newcomers. In addition, digital storytelling will be used to promote an understanding of the language and culture of refugees and migrants. Workshops bringing together migrants and locals to tell each other’s stories will foster interaction and enhance better understanding of each other’s cultures.

The project is based on the successful methodology of two previous projects, - considered as good practices and awarded at European level -, entitled Signs in the City. The present project will foster true promotion of diversity as it will focus equally on a cultural dialogue between the languages and cultures of the four countries which are going to be represented in the project (Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, the Netherlands) and the languages and cultures of the refugees and migrants that visit them (eg. Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia, Kosovo, etc). This will consequently lead to a better understanding and an open cultural cooperation and will eventually support the fight against bullying and violence.

In this context, the main goals of the project are to:

• provide refugees and newly arrived migrants with the means (language, information and tips) to communicate with others beyond their own groups
• develop a learning model in a wider sense, fostering respect and understanding for diversity, intercultural competencies and values
• provide effectively model for the inclusion of newcomers at the municipal level;
• provide creative mutual learning experience for newcomers and natives;
• help natives to achieve a better understanding of the world and other groups of people;
• help refugees socialise and express themselves;.
• remove barriers to integration and promote equality of opportunity;
• provide safe and open spaces of interaction between the host and the migrant communities.

The project is going to be implemented the December 2017 and November 2019 period, with the participation of 7 organizations, from 6 different European countries (Sweden, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Iceland, Denmark and Romania).

Project websitewww.signsinthecity.net

Financial support: European Commision, Erasmus + Programme
Duration: 1 December, 2017 – 30 November 2019
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This website and all its contents reflect the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
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