SIRIUS: European Policy Network on the education of children and young people with a migrant background (EAC-2011-0612)

Finantial Entity: 
European Commission (Programa ALFA III)
January 2012 to January 2014

The following project falls within the framework of the European Commission's  “Lifelong Learning Programme. Call for proposals EAC/01/2011. European Policy Network on the education of children and young people with a migrant background”.

Looking towards implementing the “Europe 2020” strategy, this project created the SIRIUS network, which for three years  (2012-2014) will be responsible for collectin information about the current situation in Europe for European education policies oriented to infancy and youth and with a migrant  background or who form part of a minority group. Three major themes have been defined: school and class interactions (role of the teacher); access and retention of this type of group within the educational system; and educational projects outside the educational system. The final objective is to have a general view of the situation taking note of the central European education policies that should be followed in relation to the subject of education and minorities.

The SIRIUS network is organised using  4 work packages. WP1, coordinated from the UAB, will be in charge of the logistics, organisation and coordination of the project and for that reason the WP1 coordinator is also coordinator of the entire SIRIUS network. Work plans WP2, 3 and 4 will be responsible for researching the different subject areas  (WP2: school; WP3: educational projects outside the school; WP4 access and retention). Each WP is led by a coordinator and they 4 coordinators, together with a project manager from the Steering Committee.

13 countries participate in the network: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Spain and the Netherlands. In each country there will be one or more institution forming part of the project (universities, ministries, associations and/or research centres) as well as a national coordinator. The countries are organised based on three main themes; each chooses a principal strand and will collaborate in the others. They will also have the support of external partners.

Communication among the different agents of the SIRIUS network will take place in different ways: general meetings with all partners (minimum of one at the beginning and one at the end of the project); national level meetings (minimum 3 a year); meetings of the Steering Committee (once a month, either online or in person). A website will also be created to promote the project and internal intranet communication among the partners.

Códigos de concesión: EAC-2011-0612 (2012) / EAC-2012-0688 (2013) / EAC-2013-0550 (2014)

Dotación Económica: 1.500.000 €

Project members: 

Miquel Àngel Essomga (UAB), BMUKK (Ministry of Education, Culture and Arts) – Austria, Federal Institute for Educational Research, Innovation and Development of the Austrian School System (BIFIE) – Austria, Payoke – Bélgica, Centre for Migration and Intercultural Studies, University of Antwerp – Bélgica, Ministry of Science, Education and Sports – Croacia, Forum for Freedom in Education – Croacia, Praxis Center for Policy Studies – Estonia, University of Jyväskylä, Centre for Applied Language Studies – Finlandia, Ministry of Education and Research – Alemania, European forum for migration studies (efms) – Institute at the Otto- Friedrich-University of Bamberg – Alemania, Verikom – Alemania, University of Patras – Grecia, University of Milano-Bicocca – Italia, EuroCivitas – Letonia, Ministry of Education and Science – Lituania, Public Policy and Management Institute – Lituania, Ministry of Educaction, Research, Youth and Sports – Rumanía, Foundation Centre Education 2000+ - Rumanía, Ministry of Education – España, Ministry of Labour and Immigration – España, UNESCO Centre of Catalonia – España, Associació de Mestres Rosa Sensat – España, Risbo – Países Bajos, Children’s Identity and Citizenship in Europe Academic Network (CiCe) – colaborador, IMISCOE – colaborador, MIPEX /Migration Policy Group – colaborador, MPI Europe – colaborador, Network of Education Policy Centres (NEPC) – colaborador y Open Society Foundation, London – colaborador.

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