The aim of the project ‘Social Activities for Integration and Learning’ (SAIL) is to broaden the view of the students involved, regarding the social integration of refugees, migrants and immigrants in the European cultural mosaic. Furthermore the aim of the project is to involve students in planning, developing and reflecting on a set of actions that go beyond the boundaries of their familiar context and to have them search their zone of proximal development. In the ever-changing European society, the four schools feel the need of a project which considers understanding and appreciation of people with different backgrounds than ours as well as proposing possible proactive and feasible solutions for dealing with all the problems relating integration. The partnership will offer opportunities for the students to deal with the topic of integration and learning and the ways these subjects are dealt with in the different countries that are involved. The policies regarding integration differ between the participating countries within this project, which, when treated in this project, will deepen their learning about it. Main objectives of the SAIL-project are creating a social dialogue across nations, despite language barriers, entrepreneurial learning as a means for integration and solidarity between peers, across generation gaps and language difficulties. Therefore the exchange program is a fundamental aspect of SAIL.
During the project, the students will explore the specific situation concerning the integration of refugees and immigrants in each region and will discuss the possible solutions that they come up with. The students will gain insight their personal perception and the perception of the community towards the integration of the target group in their direct environment by self-reflection and interviews with locals. Furthermore they will visit local governments and other stakeholders. A portfolio will be a tool to safeguard the continuation of the project. The portfolio which contains the results and conclusions of the field work, a comparative analysis of the different case studies with findings of products, services or activities for the target group will be used to measure results. Self-assessment, peer-to-peer evaluation and professional feedback will be used as evaluation mechanisms.
As long term goals of the SAIL-project we hope to encourage students to take part in society using the power of collective effort for the common good and therefore to stimulate the social welfare of their community and the society in general. For the partner schools it is essential to promote a sense of European citizenship amongst the participating students and teachers. With this sense they gain an open view in working together with people of different cultural and ethnic background and will understand that different communities can come up with different solutions to the same theme. Finally a long term goal of the SAIL-project will be the empowerment of the students and teachers to recognize and act on social inclusion in their future careers and personal lives.