Education is a key instrument of integration. This is one of the main reasons why the school environment and the school life can have a great influence on the future of young learners with migrant background. Several actors play an important role in their successful integration and educational development. First, teachers and tutors are at the forefront of the learning process. Second, family members’, parents’ attitude towards and active involvement with school has an impact. Last but not least, fellow students have a substantial role in making migrant pupils feel welcome and personally connected to the school community. Developing stronger ties to the school and to their peers is a major step towards the successful integration of those refugee and migrant children who do not yet feel connected.

OBESSU, in order to encourage building bridges between migrant children and their peers in secondary schools, decided to launch the project “Seeds for Integration”. The main idea is to provide small, medium and large seed-grants to secondary school student unions, or to independent groups representing the school’s students, to come up with creative initiatives along the topic of the educational inclusion of migrant and refugee children. As such students are providing solutions for students.

On a local level, secondary school student groups can apply for a small scale grant of maximum 500 Euros. On a regional level, project teams composed of students from different secondary schools or Regional School Student Unions can apply for a medium scale grant of maximum 1000 Euros. On a national level, only OBESSU Member, Candidate and Affiliate Organisations can apply for a large scale grant of maximum 2500 Euros.

“Seeds for Integration” is running from July 2016 until December 2017. For more information on the project and on how to apply for funding please consult the website: www.seedsforintegration.org