We address people of the African diaspora, refugees and immigrants, who are, qualitatively and quantitatively, in a diverse exchange of knowledge and experience with their countries of origin in Africa. In order to achieve more and better social opportunities, we want to enable them to make a three-year training in care of the elderly. Although most of them have completed a good education in their mother country - some of them have also received vocational training - they was for many years not been given the opportunity to learn and pursue a qualified profession which would correspond to their abilities and potentials.
This people and their families in the District of Aachen are living in a community of 8,000 persons. More than 4,000 of them have already lived in Germany for 15 to more than 20 years since fleeing from their home countries. Formerly they had arrived as high school graduates, but instead of this despite many measures of advice, testing and retraining by the official German employment agencies (“Arbeitsagentur” or “Jobcenter”) they remain unemployed or are employed in low-skill jobs with sub-breadline minimum wages that demand supplementary social welfare (“Sozialhilfe/Hartz IV”) in order to survive.
In this fact we recognize an example of a severe exclusion from social participation, since appropriate vocational training and access to employment of a higher standard is thus denied. Academically we had taken various scientific approaches into consideration demonstrates the social implications of escape and immigration. Practically we bring our years of experience using the example of Elderly Education Program we can propose to offer a viable and notable solution to the increasing demographic demand for qualified Elderly Care Staff.
Through the proposed Program many of the above immigrants, currently completely excluded from suitable or efficient vocational training, could thus gain access to an appropriately higher and more suitable level of vocational training with long-term employment perspectives. However, this requires the identification of this situation as an ensemble of specific barriers, such, per example, the current non-suitability diagnoses, made by the official public German employment agencies. With our project-idea we think we can prove that the actual barriers of education and disabilities of professional development are easily overcome if appropriate measures of social inclusion and anti-bias are implemented in a socially oriented training program.
With this approach we even can give important impulses to change good ideas and best practice experiences for initiatives in the different African countries, from which are coming the activists and trainees in our diaspora community: Kenya, Cameroun, Congo Kinshasa, Morocco, Gambia, Congo Brazzaville, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Nigeria and Burkina Faso. As well as in Germany there are, although under very different conditions, emergency situations for people who are in need of care, which require a cooperation in the adaptation of new didactic approaches to inclusive, multilingual, heterogeneous and diachronic learning groups and the Family Group Conference as a method for Vocational training of socially disadvantaged persons, we want to take up new approaches to social pedagogy and didactics. We also want to make use of strategies of empowerment and diversity. So we want to realize social inclusion in the sense of the declaration of the UNESCO World Conference on Special Need Education: Access and Quality in Salamanca, Spain, 7-10 June 1994.
The project idea of implementing a social inclusive training program of elderly care education for structural disadvantaged refugees and migrants in combination of professionalism and social networks and family groups touches upon not only the situation in Germany, but also the problems of people in need of care who are living in the large urban quarters of African cities. On the basis of the already functioning communication between Diaspora and countries of origin, a good-practice exchange is able to provide synergies for new training initiatives that are innovative in the African as well as in the German context.