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AltTextWelcome to the LEI Project

LEI (Language, Environment, Inclusion)

A Lei is the flower garland that it is customary for visitors to Hawaii to receive as a gesture of welcome on their arrival.

The LEI project aims to improve how marginalised young people, specifically refugees and asylum-seekers, young people at risk of early school leaving and students who experience disadvantage, are welcomed in the school institutions.

The LEI Project Overview

About Project LEI

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AltTextThe LEI project responds to three priorities of the Programme:

  • School - Supporting schools to tackle early school leaving and disadvantage;
  • Horizontal - Social Inclusion;
  • Horizontal - Transparency and recognition of skills and qualifications.

Project LEI will contribute to these priorities by developing a dynamic platform that will support, encourage and enable more effective engagement from all stakeholders involved in supporting the inclusion of refugees and disadvantaged students in the school system.

Education or Employment Pathway?

Assessing the young person's needs and ascertaining if education or employment is the best option and providing each young person the support they need.

AltTextAssisting them to:

  • Gain qualifications
  • Improve their language acquisition

AltTextSupporting their social inclusion through:

  • The promotion of co-working between refugees/asylum-seekers and local students
  • Engaging young people at risk of early school leaving encouraging their participation in a positive and inclusive environment

Target Groups

Who will benefit from the LEI Project?

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The primary target groups are teachers and trainers of the II and III school levels; then, for some of the LEI tools, the primary target includes also government agencies, public services practitioners and advisers who work with refugees/asylum seekers.

The long-term beneficiaries of the LEI project are refugees/asylum seekers and young people at risk of early school leaving The project activity will involve several stakeholder groups:

  • School Directors
  • Local School Institutions
  • P.A. offices involved in the immigration sphere
  • Families of young refugees/asylum-seekers and young people at risk of early school leaving


What we aim to achieve

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At the end of LEI project the tools produced by the partnership will offer to the primary target groups and to the final beneficiaries an integrated package of active measures that will firstly realise the following actions:

  1. Planning and writing up of a Baseline Audit and Needs Analysis Report with a focus on the best practices to foster the inclusion of refugees/asylum-seekers and supporting young people who are at risk of early school leaving
  2. Support government agencies, public services practitioners and advisers to identify if needs of the refugee/asylum-seeker should be addressed by the labour market or the school system.
  3. Develop good practices to enable better communication and collaboration between agencies working with refugees and school system, improving the understanding between the two systems to provide responsive and inclusive services that meet the language, cultural and social inclusion of refugees/asylum-seekers
  4. Design and test a training module for teachers and trainers to better recognize the qualifications of refugees/asylum-seekers in order to address them to the suitable school offer and to better understand their needs and promote their inclusion
  5. Design and test a language training module with innovative characteristics (gamification) to better involve the refugees/asylum-seekers and to offer a new didactic methodology for the teachers/trainers.
  6. Design and test a social inclusion module which will help teachers/trainers to work with refugees/asylum-seekers, early school leavers and disadvantaged students; planning a common project work which will help, thanks to the exchange of experience, a better inclusion of all the students in the school environment.
  7. Developing a platform hosting all the tools and develop and design guidelines and a framework for best practice for the language acquisition and social inclusion of refugees/asylum-seekers and early school leavers.
  8. Publish all findings, materials and resources on the LEI website which will be maintained and updated following project completion.


Follow the LEI project's progress

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LEI Newsletter 1 Spring 2018 pdf 0644 27-Dec-2021 954 KB Preview Download
LEI Guimarães Newsletter pdf 0644 27-Dec-2021 219 KB Preview Download
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