Imagine that you were to flee your country and that after a long journey you arrive in a host country. Unfortunately you cannot prove your education qualifications as you don’t have the documents with you: how would you feel? What could you do? These issues were addressed in a documentary on the Project European Qualifications Passport for Refugees launched on Monday 13 November 2017 during an event that took place in Strasbourg at the Council of Europe’s headquarters.
The documentary, produced by the Education Department, shows the benefits of the project and its positive impact on refugees’ lives. The Project European Qualifications Passport for Refugees aims to support refugees by promoting a methodology to assess refugees’ qualifications in absence of full documentation. The objective of the European Qualifications Passport for Refugees is to help refugees to be admitted to further studies or enter the job market in the host country.
The screening was followed by a panel discussion. Panellists included Ms Maria Fassari, Hellenic Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs, Mr Gert Westerveen, UNHCR Representation to the European Institutions in Strasbourg, Ms Marina Malgina, Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT) and Mr Mahmoud Alkoko, a recipient of the European Qualifications Passport for Refugees. The moderator of the panel discussion was Mr Sjur Bergan, Head of the Education Department.
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