Enhancing Diversity and fighting against Discrimination

iriv logo 83x86The Institute of Research and Information on Volunteering (IRIV), is a free, private, non-profit institution, independent of public administrations and economic interests, with the aim to enrich the public debate and inform on lifelong learning issues, which was created in 1997 :

  • by realising and publishing studies for nonprofit, public or private organisations ;

  • by improving knowledge on the voluntary sector among the general public, the media and any nonprofit, public or private organisation working or willing to work with the nonprofit sector ;

  • by training professionals in associations and any public or private organisation working within the nonprofit sector ;

  • by organizing or attending colloquiums, symposiums and conferences ;

  • by editing a Newsletter since September 2004 on the different aspects of volunteering & lifelong learning issues (www.benevolat.net)

  • by disseminating information through its website (www.iriv.net)

Since its creation in 1997, IRIV has specialized in volunteering as an example of non-formal and informal learning. In this field it has initiated the Vaeb project (Assessing a Voluntary experience in a professional perspective- www.eEuropeassociations.net) awarded in 2006 in Helsinki for excellent practice in addressing the priorities of the Copenhagen process and promoting an enhanced European cooperation in Vocational Education and Training. Since 2003, it has implemented several projects linked to volunteering & lifelong learning (presented on www.iriv-vaeb.net).

Since 2003, IRIV has coordinated, conducted or taken part to several projects in the field of migration (presented on www.iriv-migrations.net ) :

  • 2003 : Mem-Vol, a first attempt to study volunteering among migrants and ethnic minorities, in favour of their own community or for different groups, despite kinship and neighborhood networks and ethnic communities.

  • 2005-2006: Involve, a European project meant to enhance migrants' involvement in voluntary and civic activities as a means for better integration.

  • 2007-2009: TIPS, a European project designing a training programme for professionals working with migrants, based on the emblematic professional figure of the intercultural mediator

  • 2009: Médiateur intercultural, a training programme for intercultural mediators adapted to a French context- www.mediateur-interculturel.net

  • 2010-1012: Migrapass - a portfolio and a companion program for migrants - www.migrapass.eu and www.migrapass.net

  • 2010-2011: Tremplin Migrant(e)s aimed at encouraging volunteering among migrants as a means of fostering integration in sensitive urban areas

  • 2011-2014: Allinhe offers a new method of VPL including students no matter their profiles, social or ethnic origin or professional background, in higher education with a focus on migrants in France – www.allinhe.eu

  • 2012-2013: MigrActrices designs a training programme for female migrants in France

  • 2012-2013: TransCité designs pedagogical sessions for youths and women who share a migratory background and live in the suburbs, to implement associative projects in France

  • 2012-2014: Valbuk implements and uses ECVET principles in order to facilitate access to lifelong learning and qualifications for migrant workers in the emblematic sector of cleaning services - www.valbuk.ch

Lifelong Learning Programme

This project has been funded
with support from the European Commission.
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