A report on literacy work with migrant and refugee women

In the current issue of the magazine erwachsenenbildung.at appears a text by Rubia Salgado about the erasmus+ project POETA : POETA – A Poetry-based Approach in
Basic Education
A report on literacy work with migrant and refugee women
Abstract
Migrant and refugee women face enormous challenges to learning in basic education and literacy: how to convert sequences of sounds into sequences of letters without falling back on spoken language, or how to recognize and describe language as an abstract linguistic system without having had access to learning as it occurs in formal education. This comes on top of trauma, experiences of violence and discrimination, poverty, health problems, legal uncertainties regarding residency status, legal requirements and sanctions
that go along with and encumber the learning process. For instructors in this field, paedagogical reflexivity, dialogue and exchange are very important so that they can perceive the learners as knowledgeable protagonists of their own stories as well as responsibly accompany and support them. Research findings are rare, as are spaces in which dialogue and joint learning between scientists and basic educators can develop. The project POETA – Poetry-based Approach in Basic Education attempts to create such a space. In dialogue with colleagues, basic educators can explore, develop, test, reflect on and put into practice a poetry-based approach to teaching and learning in basic education. The focus is shifted from the real to the possible, to the “utopian imagination”. (Ed.)