Migrant women in Timisoara learn Romanian by being a member of a cooking club
Asociația Nevo Parudimos din Reșița, împreună cu Asociația AIDRom din Timișoara, implementează un proiect pilot în România de predare a limbii române pentru
The Nevo Parudimos Association in Resita, together with the AIDRom Association in Timisoara implemented a pilot project in Romania, to teach migrants Romanian in a unique manner: through a cooking club.
The cooking club develops its activity every month in Timisoara and addresses migrant women established in the Westside of Romania. At each meeting, women are asked to bring a cooking recipe and to present in the group language, in Romanian. Afterwards, with the help of the AIDRom lecturer, the most interesting recipe is chose and may be cooked, after the ingredients are bought. Cooking takes place at the headquarters of the AIDRom Association in Timisoara.
“Women who participate in the cooking club also attend the intensive Romanian course. It is very important for them to practice what they learnt in an informal environment. Moreover, these hours spent together cooking create a feeling a belonging and motivates them to learn Romanian” declared Simona Ilioni Loga, Romanian language lecturer.
The “lunch clubs” method was selected from different examples of good practice for refugees’ integration from Germany, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Holland, Austria and Finland, in the strategic project Networking Refugees, implemented by the Nevo Parudimos Association. The method successfully used in Wien, Austria, was initiated by private persons who also offered a budget for the acquisition of ingredients and the meeting place was private home where refugee women could practice and speak in German.
The ingredients costs for a meal are less than 100 lei and are supported by the Nevo Parudimos Association, through the project budget, the project being closed in October 2018.
“The Networking Refugees Project is searching for better practice methods to integrate refugees from European countries, which can be multiplied and also create an entities’ network to work in the migrants’ integration domain, especially with refugees. The collaboration with AIDRom is a wonderful one and the informal learning methods are efficient and show results” says Laura Turcu, project manager to Nevo Parudimos.
During the year 2017, in Romania, a number of 4.820 asylum demands were registered and 1.309 people received the right to stay in Romania. Local authorities, with the help of NGOs, organize Romanian language courses and courses for the knowledge of Romanian culture in order to integrate refugee people. In Timisoara, the refugees’ community counts less than 100 people, most of them working, attending school and participating in activities organised by NGOs.
The Networking Refugees strategic project will be implemented for a period of 2 years, starting with the month of October 2016 and is coordinated Volkshochschulen Wien (The School for Adult Education in Wien) and is co-financed by the Erasmus+ program of the European Commission.