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Major success for a School academic

Professor Sarah Crafter from the School of Psychology and Counselling is part of a team that has won funding for an important new project to support migrant children and young people in education.

The EU Horizon 2020 grant will fund a new cross-borders project. Sarah Crafter, Professor of Cultural-Developmental Psychology will play an important part in the project titled ‘NEW ABC: Networking the educational world – Across boundaries for community-building’.   

The project is led by Professor Rachele Antonini at the University of Bologna and involves 14 institutions from 9 different countries – one of which will be the OU. The ‘NEW ABC’ project will carry out innovative activities aimed at enhancing the lives of migrant children and young people in education.  

On receiving the funding, Sarah Crafter says: We are really delighted to be working on this project which seeks to support young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds as they face inequalities and conflicts in learning settings. Young people are facing some really big challenges in their lives at the moment and our approach is to develop young-person led innovative activities.   

In collaboration with Oxford Brookes University, the OU UK pilot will focus on ‘Empowering young translators’ to help with their cultural, social and emotional wellbeing. Developed and co-designed with young people, resources will be developed to build and foster feelings of trust, value, belonging and acceptance between translators and those with whom they interact.  

EU Horizon 2020 is the world’s largest EU Research and Innovation programme with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020). Find out more here

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