Since 2015, the number of migrants in the Podlaskie voivodship has been growing steadily, while they play a negligible role in community and cultural life, and their relationships with Poles are often superficial. One major problem is also discrimination of foreigners, while at the same time more than 80% of migrants say that they wish to stay in Poland. The project addresses the need to form an inclusive, pluralist local community that is open to migrants, and to empower the migrant community, including children (mainly in the Podlaskie voivodship).
The measures taken in the project will be aimed at both foreigners and the host community. A series of training sessions in the Intercultural School for Leaders will be held for 12 migrant community leaders. They will develop their skills in community life activation and be provided with professional support in activities for the good of their communities.
In addition, research will be conducted involving consultation with children who have experienced being refugees. The research will be in the form of an educational project, in which children will be able to give their views on how they function in school. Following the research, recommendations will be made on how to plan educational activities. A team of experts will be formed for education of children with migration experience in Białystok. The team will be set up to make changes to local documents on educating children who have experienced migration. A report on the research and recommendations will be submitted to people responsible for local education policy, such as the city mayor and education authority.
The project will also include the Intercultural Education School, in which the participants will be educators working in a culturally diverse environment or who see their future in such an environment. In the Intercultural Education School, 20 people will improve their intercultural education activity skills.