E-Bulletin № 2
RefuTools as a support service for refugees and employees in refugee work
In September 2016, the ERASMUS+ project “Development of a Toolbox to Support Refugees and
Employmees in Refugee Work” (RefuTools) was launched. The aim of the project is to support the
integration of refugees in the host countries. To this end, the project partners are developing special
tools, the so-called “RefuTools”, which can be used by refugees and volunteers and employees in refugee
The RefuApp is a multilingual, Internet-based app for Android-powered smartphones that provides
refugee information about everyday life in the project participating countries. The pedagogical theater
RefuPlay serves to introduce refugees to culturally specific behaviors in the host countries. Playful
acquisition of intercultural competences and mutual understanding of cultural characteristics, which are
important for a successful integration in the host countries, also takes place with the multilingual board
game RefuGame. With the fourth tool, RefuSkills, the project partners are developing a curriculum that
allows refugees in the host countries to gain basic professional knowledge and skills in the construction
sector under expert guidance.
In its first year of the project, the partnership has made significant progresses in the development of the
RefuTools. Both the RefuApp and the board game RefuGame have undergone extensive testing and are
about to be released. The concept for the educational theater RefuPlay is currently being tested. The
preparation of the curriculum RefuSkills is in the final phase, before it is also put to the test in the training
centers of some project partners.
All project progress is documented on the website www.whkt.de/refutools. The RefuTools will also be
available for free use by the interested (professional) public after completion. Further information is
available under the telephone number 0211 / 3007-707 or under firstname.lastname@example.org.
Berufsförderungswerk der Bauindustrie Nordrhein-Westfalen gGmbH (Germany), Bildungszentren des
Baugewerbes (Germany), Centro Edile Andrea Palladio (Italy), Cnet Group Ltd. (Bulgara), Fundacion
Laboral de la Construccion (Spain), Gospodarska Zbornica Slovenje Center za Poslovno Usposabljanje
(Slovenia), VondiConsulting Unternehmensberatung (Austria), Westdeutscher Handwerkskammertag
This project is funded with the support of the European Commission and the Federal Ministry of
Education and Research (BMBF). The content of this newsletter reflects solely the author’s opinion.