Migration, Education

Education as Advocacy: Giving Voice to Refugees shortlist


Who is behind this?

Who is joining forces?

Migrant Solidarity Group of Hungary



Menedek – Hungarian Association for Migrants



University of Vienna



A 4th partner is University of East London: https://www.uel.ac.uk/schools/social-sciences/olive We are in a consortium, working on a larger refugee education project implemented in all 3 universities

Idea Sketch


Idea pitch

Refugees are marginalized from public life and democratic participation in Europe. Our project addresses this issue by supporting refugee inclusion through education. For one year, refugee students are mentored by advocates and academics to develop their own advocacy campaign to challenge fear and prejudice against refugees. Students will hold workshops in Hungarian high schools through our grassroots partners and the model will be shared with the European universities we worked with so far.

Where will your idea take place?

Our project starts in Budapest, Hungary and will be transferred to Vienna, Austria and London, UK.

Why does Europe need your idea?

Democracy is the right to participate and the recognition by others of your right to do so. Our project strengthens the capacity of refugees to contribute to their adopted societies. In an environment where anti-Europeanism is taking hold, our project is an alternative built on European values.

What is your impact?

Refugees use knowledge of their rights and tools gained through the initiative to successfully implement their own advocacy projects. Further, they will reach out to Hungarian high schools and raise students awareness of racism and prejudice against refugees.

How do you get there?

The project is innovative in its multilevel approach to advocacy and education, reaching up to 80 refugees per year. OLIve facilitates participants’ social participation through university courses, English-language training, advocacy workshops, and collaborative advocacy projects, including an awareness raising campaign in Hungarian high schools to counter anti-refugee discourse.

What is your story?

We launched 2 university programs for refugees in Hungary in 2 years and know that the work is not over. We see access to access to education and rights as key to challenge exclusion and anti-refugee discourse.

Who are you doing it for?

We bring together refugee advocates, the university, Hungarian high schools, and refugees as stakeholders. While the target group is refugees who attend the courses, society at large benefits from a more inclusive environment.

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

If others would like to consider similar ideas, we’d be happy to collaborate with other groups.





Zsuzsa Gabor

Idea created on Jan. 18, 2018
Last edit on Jan. 19, 2018

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