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Effective Education for People Working with Vulnerable Persons



“Being the difference”

Cross Culture International Foundation Malta (CCIF) is a non-profit making organisation set up in Malta in June 2012, to enhance international understanding and friendship through education, networking, volunteering, exchanging cultural programs, ideas and experiences directly among peoples of different countries and diverse cultures.

We are involved in a number of initiatives and activities in Malta aimed at making a difference in our local communities.

United Kingdom – ECPAT UK


ECPAT UK is a leading children’s rights organization campaigning against child trafficking and exploitation in the UK and on its international aspects. In 2004, ECPAT UK produced groundbreaking research on the trafficking of children into the UK. An on-going programme of research, training and advocacy informs our campaigning efforts. ECPAT UK has been instrumental in raising awareness in government of the plight of children trafficked into the UK for both sexual exploitation and for exploitative labor. There are still many gaps in policy and practice that need urgent attention.

Slovenia – IAS


The Institute of African Studies (IAS) was established in 2004. It is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that is engaged in: academic research, educational outrech programs, advocacy on diversity, human rights, migration and integration issues, media, social exclusion and discrimination issues. Idenpendently and by networking with other civil societies and platforms, it is actively involved at national, regional and global perspectives. Such an involvement opened a challenge and an opportunity to bridge the knowledge gap and diversity on global perspectives that exists in this side of Europe and Slovenia in particular.

Romania – UBB


Babes-Bolyai University

Babes-Bolyai University is an academic educational public institution in  Cluj Romania aiming to promote and sustain the development of specific cultural components within the local, regional, national and international community.

We are the first Special Education Department established in Romania! In 1960, at the initiative of Professor Alexandru Roşca, a Defectology Department was set up in the ”Babeş-Bolyai” University of Cluj Napoca. Having been closed down in 1977-1989, the department reopened in 1990 under the coordination of Professor Ioan Radu, followed by Professor Vasile-Liviu Preda.


Among the main causes of poverty in Europe are lack of education, lack of employment opportunities, past personal experiences and different cultural backgrounds. During these last decades Europe has experienced a large influx of migrants coming from Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. Most of these persons experience trauma during their voyage to Europe. This will have a negative effect on their social skills. Besides, their level of education will not be recognised by the hosting country and they will thus encounter a lack of employment opportunities. These characteristics will lead to poverty and social exclusion.

AIM of the project

The aim of this project is to help educators and workers identify persons who are finding difficult to live, and learn how to educate them in an informal way which will lead to employment and social inclusion. Training will be given to educators who teach workers / front liners and other educators who interact with Third Country Nationals (TCNs) how to identify persons who experienced trauma and how to help them socially interact with others, and what basic skills they need to give them before encouraging TCNs to participate in formal recognized training courses.
a) Increase employee motivation and job satisfaction among people working with TCNs,
b) Increase innovation and efficiency in processes, leading to socially including TCNs,
c) Increase capacity to adopt new technologies, strategies, methods and services being offered,
d) Increase in the skills levels, competencies needed to do the job well and reduce employee turnover,
e) Increase the identification of victims of human trafficking or smuggling.

f) give basic skills to TCNs for future employment.


This project includes organisations from Malta, United Kingdom, Romania and Slovenia. More than 50 persons will be directly participating in the project. These participants will include front liners and educators who work with TCNs, victims of human trafficking and smuggling, administrative staff from the participating organisations, and important stakeholders such as NGOs working with TCNs and government officials.

‘Effective Education for Persons Working with Vulnerable People’ (EEPWVP) will comprise the establishment of three different intellectual outputs: the creation of a training manual, the training e-course and the creation of a mobile application.


The project will include a number of activities including transnational meetings, research, administrative activities, and hands on activities that will lead to the creation of the intellectual outputs and a number of national conferences and training programmes to promote the intellectual outputs. The methodology to be used will be very informal and we will try to change the approach according to the target group of each particular activity.

The expected immediate results are:
– 400 printed manuals;
– 500 persons downloading the soft copy of the manual from our websites;
– around 1,200 participants to undergo online training in the first five years of the e-course
– around 500 persons will make use of the mobile application; and
– around 180 persons will attend the conferences and training on the intellectual outputs.