BBS Syke has cooperated with “Intakt Syke” (part of the network “Welthaus Barnstorf” which organizes support for young refugees outside of school). That means there are centres in the small towns in the region, the District of Diepholz, which support the integration of families, children and youth with refugee background in the local neighbourhood. The organization works independently and their goals are social discourse within global learning and sustainable development, just like many small NGOs in Germany and internationally. Their motto is “Learning for the Change”, everything learnt should be useful for practical life in a foreign country – and also combined with creative and social work to reach the hearts of people sooner than political declarations. The premises of “Intakt” are placed centrally in Syke. “Intakt” opens its doors in the afternoons and evenings to welcome kids (and their parents). Apart from helping children of all ages with their homework, language tuition, they offer advice, leisure facilities and practical help in all sorts of daily problems for refugee families.
At the beginning of the Erasmus+-project in September 2016, BBS Syke contacted the director of “Intakt” Mrs Wiese, and started a fruitful cooperation. Following a “promotion campaign” at a regular project meeting, six BBS-students volunteered to participate in the project “Sichtwechsel”, implemented and funded by the “Niedersächsische Landesinstitut für schulische Qualitätsentwicklung (NLQ)” and realized by the network. In short, the volunteers formed tandems with young refugees, got professional training in various seminars and then visited schools, youth centres, clerical organizations to help integration. These six students became the backbone and most reliable students in the German “European ABC”-team. Other activities in cooperation with “Intakt” and BBS Syke were a workshop in Bremerhaven at the “Immigrants’ House”, a trip to Berlin, a concert with subsequent interviews with the “Zollhausboys” – an extremely successful music group of refugees -, a multinational music workshop during the project meeting in Germany in June 2018. (for more details, please look into our book “Border Stories”).