In A Far Away Land: Refugee Children is an EU Erasmus+ project about the immigrant& refugee people. The reason of the name is children. ‘In a faraway land’ is a quote from worldwide fairy tales. The children will feel themselves just like in a fairy tale, safe and normal. 51 million people have had to displaced due to many different reasons. The situation has caused many problems in their lives and international crisis in Europe. Especially, the children have been affected. Every one in three refugees is a child.

The project aims to understand them and raise awareness to their reasons to immigrate, the problems they face, pull down the walls between them and other people who have predijuce. The United Nations Convention on Childrens’ Rights particularly emphasize the refugee& immigrant children. All the contracting states are responsible for protecting these children from dangerous situations may harm these group. That is because we take the refugee& immigrant children as the project’s main target group. Our countries, especially Greece and Turkey have a high population of refugees and in Italy, Portugal, Spain and Romania there are immigrants and asylum seekers, too. These circumstances require empowering the services working on providing the well-being of children and avoiding from the risks which may affect their development negatively.

Recent years, European countries have formed some strategies aimed to dissemination of the services children and youth. EU helped the refugees& immigrants in 33 different countries in 2014. We; Turkey, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Spain and Greece, came together to contribute this goal of European Commission under favour of our project.

We have many special activities to improve their art, sensory, linguistic, thinking, learning skills and improve them physically. They will participates the educational, preschool activities with our teenage students and they will improve their basic, learning, sensory, cognitive, thinking, language, maths, social, DIY (do it yourself) and art skills; they will improve their knowledge of concept and bio-natural; they enhance their creativity. They will be innovative, successful, socially and emotionally developed, tolerant, encouraged, ambitious, active citizens of our future world. We aim to create awareness and tolerance to these people and let them be the members of our society. We would like them to contribute to our national and European development. We will try to understand their situations, learn about their problems and find the solutions to these problems as far as we can.

And also our students will learn about Europe and European life. They will get an idea about immigration and refugee people. They will work in the kindergarten for refugees’ children, they will organize extra classes for refugee teenagers and adults. The classes will be compatible with the volunteers’ hobbies and qualifications and will be aimed at organizing free time for children, teenagers and adults. They will also design their own activities to reach the aim of the project and help prepare integration events. Informal learning methods, like discussion, presentation, exchange of ideas, opinions, training combined with discussion of the issue, learning by doing, individual and group initiatives, will be dominating throughout the project. The effect of the project will be the development of intercultural dialogue, raising awareness of the refugee issue among the participants and recipients of the project, increasing the level of knowledge and competence of both participants and recipients. Additional effect will be increasing the visibility of the ERASMUS+ Programme in the regions.

The project will bring the results such as better learning outcomes, a good start to education for the preschoolers, developed holistic and age appropraite pedogocical frame, ensuring the benefits of early childhood education are carried through the other school education levels, a new methodology, scouting activities as an education tool. For longer term there will be increased feeling of internationalism; youngsters will start to look for information about the EU and its youth program; refugees will be integrated to local community and European volunteers will have much better knowledge about different cultures and subjects they are interested in, this will lead them to better position in the work market and social life in their home

The working method will be based on methods of formal and non-formal education. Active participation, informal and direct involvement of the participants and stakeholders that cooperate in the initiative will be strongly encouraged.

The richness of this partnership is also on the approach of migration issues and target groups of different partner refugees, asylum seekers and migrants coming from different cultural backgrounds.

Results from our project will be used in local, regional, European policies, systems or practices.

The project aims to raise awarness of "refugee children". Every one in three refugee is a child. Refugee children lose their schools but they don't have to lose their education too. It is essential to improve their access to education and carry it on. We have to save them, protect them and educate them to be responsible, confident and active citizen of the coming future. They will create the future society. We would like to create behavorial changes, create awareness of the importance of plain good sense for differences, prevent child labour, integrate young children into preschool education and growing sensitive generation. In doing this, we will give much importance to inclusive education and trainning.

The objectives:
.To raise awareness of refugee crisis in Europe and develop understanding of cultural differences, increase intercultural understanding, to grow respect for the different, to develop practices of accepting dissimilarity and to understand the meaning of showing solidarity in a local, national and global level .To ensure the protection of Children’s Rights for every child in humanitarian assistance To provide equal opportunities in education
.To support the development of sense of initiative and entrepreneurship and awareness regarding migrant experiences and particular needs, challenges and benefits in terms of education and training, relevant to service providers and policy makers
.To give the refugee children material aid and psychosocial, spiritual support to help cover the basic needs; receive psychological support to deal with their traumatic experiences,
.To create awareness to the importance of pre-primary education and to provide young children with access to it, helping to create some sense of normality and increasing their chance to be successful in their professional life
.To contribute to four strategic objectives of ET 2020 strategy which are: -Making lifelong learning and mobility a reality; improving the quality and quantity of education and training; promoting equity, social cohesion and active citizenship, enhancing creativity and innovation, including entrepreneurship, at all levels of education and training.
.To contribute two of new priority areas for ET 2020 which: inclusive education, equality, non-discrimination, civic competences, open and innovative education and training, including by fully embracing the digital era;
.To contribute to reach the following ET 2020 headline targets: Reduction of early school leaving rates . By the series of training activities, to develop teenager and young learners' intercultural dialogue; ICT, language and communicational skills both in mother and foreign languages; social& civic competences; intercultural, reading, maths, digital and science competences; presentation and expression skills; cultural awareness and expression which are the key competences of ET 2020, to promote participation in democratic life of Europe and active citizenship
.To contribute to the LLL quality and to improve intergenerational learning with innovative activities
.To develop and implement peer learning and the exchange of good, then spread it to the wider audiences across Europe during the result dissemination activities
.To discover different traditions now become ours .To enhance the international dimension of youth activities, foreign language competence of young students learn a new language, increase their working experiences, learn about the European Union, get to know new cultures and peer to peer exchanges
.To promote youth initiatives and implementation of future Erasmus+ actions
.To create and disseminate a series of educational resources and pedagogical tools . To raise awareness of the essential role of scouting in the education of children and youth.