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Purpose of Activity/Assignment:
In the context of migration and asylum, Italy continues to be a frontline country for arrivals both by sea from the Mediterranean and by land from the so-called Balkan route. The country is at times considered a destination country while many other times as a transit one for all those migrants and refugees who are trying to reach Northern European countries. Refugees and migrants, and in particular children and women travelling alone, continue to undertake dangerous journeys to reach Europe. Additionally, the recent eruption of hostilities in Ukraine generated a new influx of people towards EU countries, including Italy. In 2023, the number of people crossing the Mediterranean Sea and entering Italy doubled compared to 2022; in the reception system, more than 20,000 UASC are registered, being a significant increase compared to 2022. Consistent and increasing land arrivals through the Italy-Slovenia border have also been recorded. The reception capacity in Italy is overstretched; the system is now struggling to accommodate refugees and migrants, particularly unaccompanied and separated children. Despite efforts from the Italian Government and a solid legal protection framework, critical gaps remain in terms of alignment with international minimum standards, especially when unpredictable and massive flows happen.
The vision of UNICEF operation in Italy in 2023 is to technically support Authorities to ensure compliance with minimum international standards and to provide humanitarian assistance, protection and social inclusion of migrant and refugee children and women on the move by strengthening the child protection, GBV and education and integration systems. By enhancing the capacity of the Italian reception system from arrival to all phases of reception to protect and care for the most vulnerable refugee and migrant children, those transitioning to adulthood, and women, UNICEF aims at 1) strengthening the protective environment at disembarkation and transit points by improving access to child protection, GBV and MHPSS services as well as strengthening child-safeguarding and GBV risk mitigation measures within the reception system; 2) promoting and ensuring immediate family and community-based care solutions for unaccompanied and separated children; 3) ensuring that UASC, refugee and migrant adolescents, and women have access to life-saving and life-protecting information; 4) ensuring that UASC, refugee and migrant adolescents and youth have access to skills building and job orientation opportunities that promote early integration 5) Scaling up actions to counter racism and discrimination.
A core pillar of UNICEF’s National response in Italy is education and skills building of children and youth, which focuses on:
Trends monitoring and evidence generation on education needs is carried out through analysis of field data, rapid assessments and regular online polls. Information on education paths is provided online and offline. Online, the primary channel is U Report on the Move – available in 7 different languages and accessible via WhatsApp, Facebook, Telegram, Instagram and TikTok.
To respond to the language needs of refugee and migrant children, UNICEF and the Akelius Foundation have established a partnership to roll out the Akelius e-learning platform in schools and out of school. Following an initial pilot phase during 2021-22, in 2022, the Akelius platform was scaled up in and out of schools in partnership with the ISMU Foundation. Currently, 75 schools, including 5 accredited Ukranian schools, for a total of students, are using the platform in a hybrid modality. Teachers and educators have access to training and support through the online helpdesk.
With regards to 21st-century skills building, through a partnership with the CSO AVSI, recreational/sports/creative arts activities are being implemented for Ukranian refugee children and adolescents in extracurricular modality with a focus on social and emotional skills in collaboration with youth centres, summer camps, sports centres and school networks. Training is provided to partners, teachers and/or CSO educators to promote an active and participatory teaching approach by providing specific knowledge and skills on soft skills (Social-Emotional Skills – SES, Art Therapy) course. AVSI is also supporting ISMU in disseminating the Akelius E-learning platform through the procurement of digital devices.
Scope of Work:
How can you make a difference?
– Work location: Home-based in Italy
– Payment schedule: The consultant will be paid based on satisfactory and timely submission of deliverables.
– Duration: 138 days between January 2024 and December 2024
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For every Child, you demonstrate…
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