The purpose of the ICAM project is to increase the inclusion and to improve the learning capacity of Children Affected by Migration (CAM) by enhancing the climate of convivencia (living in harmony) in schools and at home, by raising awareness about their rights and the law protecting them, and by providing additional support in school and in the family for their Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and general wellbeing.
Through professional development for school leaders, the ICAM project improves the inclusion of CAM by increasing the capacity of schools to maintain a safe and secure environment of convivencia for teaching and learning. ICAM also equips school leaders with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to apply a comprehensive teaching programme of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL).which enhances wellbeing throughout the formal and informal school curriculum. SEL improves the learning capacity of all children and young people and provides for the additional needs for those affected by migration to help them overcome the disadvantage they face as a result of the separation, trauma and loss they have suffered.
An innovative feature of ICAM is the integration of parent/carer education with the school based programme in order to provide additional support for those families affected by migration and to encourage on-going SEL for the whole family in the home.
By improving the inclusion and wellbeing of all, convivencia in the school and the SEL curriculum, this whole school project not only meets key needs of the target group, it also benefits countries as a whole by helping ensure that it is not only CAM who will become fully integrated and contributory members of society.
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