Ensuring Continuity in Education for Refugee


The Continugee Project is granted by the Hellenic National Agency (IKY) via the European Commission. The Coordinator of the Project is National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece and the consortium is consisted of the Scientific Society for Social Cohesion and Development, (EPEKSA), Greece, Fachhochschuele Kiel, Germany and University of Urbino, Italy. The Continugee Project is a three-year KA2 Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership in the field of Strategic Partnerships for school education.

The “Continugee” project specifically aims at creating a partnership,

  1. taking into account the present condition of refugee children and adolescents from the reception areas to the places of “permanent” settlement,
  2. study best practices for the above-mentioned issues,
  3. develop a needs-based curriculum and an in-service training program and implement it in schools and education institutions of participant organizations,
  4. taking into consideration the local conditions and aiming at maximizing the European value along with refugees linguistic and cultural background of such interventions.

Strengthening skills and human capital towards the integration of victims of trafficking- ANDREIA

European Commission, AMIF (Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund) AMIF-2018-AG-INTE: Priority-3.Transnational actions for Integration of Third-Country Nationals in the EU Member States and supporting legal migration.

The general objective of this project is to develop structured, organic measures that can effectively promote the integration of third country nationals victims of THB in the host societies, in view of finding durable solutions and preventing re-trafficking. For this purpose we will adopt a holistic and victim-centred approach that offers a continuum of care and support considering above all the gender, age and form of exploitation of beneficiaries.

The choice to involve 5 EU Nations, with a diverse range of local situations, aims at exchanging good practices and useful tools intended to engage institutions, relevant stakeholders and civic society organizations, firstly among the 5 participating countries, secondly replying these practices in other EU countries engaged in the fight against trafficking in human beings. The action plan intend to:

  • promote capacity-building of professionals involved in the identification and support of victims of THB, providing a multi-agency and multi-disciplinary training;
  • increase awareness of victims of, or at risk from THB to self-assess the risks through awareness-raising meetings and elaboration of a u2018FAQ sheetu2019 made u201cby victims for victimsu201d;
  • enhance economic empowerment of women victims of THB offering: language training courses, a process of assessment/ validation of competencies and actions of skills enhancement;
  • reduce PTSD symptoms and emotional distress in women victims of THB/sexual exploitation, through NET treatment sessions;
  • increase exchange and dissemination of good practices arranging transnational visits and developing specific Guidelines based on the fieldwork experienced in the 5 European contexts.

The expected number of 580 direct beneficiaries, and around 5000 indirect beneficiaries, included those at short, medium and long-term. The number of indirect beneficiaries has the makings of further increase through transferability and dissemination.

The budget of the project is 443.436,89 Euros and it will last 24 months (2020-2021).

Συμμετοχή της ΕΠ.Ε.Κ.Σ.Α στην υλοποίηση του έργου “STAGE FOR CROSS BORDER CULTURE” – CULSTAGE, στο πλαίσιο του προγράμματος INTERREG V-A “Greece-Bulgaria 2014-2020”».

Mε απόφαση της Επιτροπής Παρακολούθησης του Προγράμματος INTERREG V-A ΕΛΛΑΔΑ – ΒΟΥΛΓΑΡΙΑ 2014-2020, εγκρίθηκε για χρηματοδότηση το διακρατικό έργο “STAGE FOR CROSS BORDER CULTURE”-CULSTAGE.Το έργο υποβλήθηκε στο πλαίσιο της 2ης πρόσκλησης του Προγράμματος – άξονας προτεραιότητας 2 “A sustainable and climate-adaptable cross border area”- και εντάσσεται στην επενδυτική προτεραιότητα 6c “Conserving, protecting, promoting and developing natural and cultural heritage”. Θα υλοποιηθεί με την συνεργασία συνολικά έξι (6) εταίρων. Εκτός του Δήμου Παγγαίου που είναι ο επικεφαλής εταίρος στην σύμπραξη συμμετέχουν η Επιστημονική Εταιρεία για την Κοινωνική Συνοχή και Ανάπτυξη, το τμήμα Δασολογίας και Φυσικού Περιβάλλοντος του Αριστοτέλειου Πανεπιστημίου Θεσσαλονίκης και από τη Βουλγαρία το Πολιτιστικό Κέντρο “Otets Paisiy – 1919” στο Σαντάνσκι, το Πολιτιστικό Κέντρο Emanuil Vaskidovich – 1886 στο Melnik, και το Μοναστήρι “Rozhdestvo Bogorodichno” στο Melnik. Το έργο θα διαρκέσει 24μήνες και αφορά δράσεις ανάπτυξης θρησκευτικού και περιπατητικού τουρισμού στην περιοχή. Η ΕΠΕΚΣΑ θα συμβάλλει με δράσεις δημοσιότητας και ενημέρωσης για την ενίσχυση του θρησκευτικού και πολιτιστικού τουρισμού με σκοπό την τοπική ανάπτυξη και την προσέλκυση
επισκεπτών (ειδικών ομάδων πληθυσμού) στα σημεία ενδιαφέροντος.

Ο συνολικός προϋπολογισμός του έργου ανέρχεται σε 1.395.436,25 €.

Project Title: Rural NEET Youth Network: Modeling the risks underlying rural NEETs social exclusion

Project Acronym: RNYN

EPEKSA participates as partner through its experts in a European-led multidisciplinary network of 42 members to deal

The RNYN project aims at developing a model of comprehension for rural NEETsu2019 social exclusion risk and protective factors based on the bioecological model. It focuses on three specific goals:

(1) upholding future research capability, with an emphasis on Early Stage Researchers (ESR) and Inclusiveness Target Countries (ITC);

(2) creating a rural NEETsu2019 online observatory; and

(3) fostering knowledge use by policy makers and practitioners.

The RNYN work plan will be produced by 4 working groups; it will contribute to define a coherent model for future research, based on an intensive survey of national and cross- national trends regarding rural NEETsu2019 profile and support systems, as well as methodological and intervention best-practices in the field. RNYN added value stems from an eclectic theoretical, disciplinary, institutional and international approach and in upskilling ESR in ITC that are more affected by high rural NEET rates. In the long run,
RNYNu2019s scientific impact will lead to the creation of a rural NEETsu2019 observatory, integrating ESR in a broad multidisciplinary community and strengthening the COST Inclusiveness Policy.

Long-term socio-economic impact is expected to be translated into (in)ternational legislation to tackle rural NEETsu2019 needs and promote sectoral innovations. RNYN is a timely proposal by creating networks/platforms to organize findings, connect critical mass dealing with rural NEETs and build up research capacity. It is also socially relevant, by aiming at informing policies and on-the-ground practices.

Participating Countries: Bulgaria (4), Cyprus (1), Czech Republic (3), Germany (3), Greece (4), Hungary (2), Italy (2), Moldova (3), Poland (3), Portugal (3), Romania (4), Slovakia (3), Slovenia (2), Spain (4), Turkey (1).