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The UPSIM project aims at empowering foreign-born women of various origins living in five European countries (Sweden, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Portugal and France - Guadeloupe) who wish to gain access to further education, by providing them with tools developing their learning-to-learn and language skills.

Furthermore it develops a toolbox for social workers to foster and support the foreign-born women’s journey throughout their empowerment process.

UPSIM project:
  • supports the underlined needs to implement intensive language learning to help overcome social inequalities, especially to increase access to education for marginalised groups.
  • provides an approach to reduce disparities in accessing and engaging with formal and non-formal education, which in turn will contribute to tackling discrimination, segregation and racism sponsoring social inclusion of migrant women.
  • promotes gender equality and addresses differences in access to education and digital technologies for low skilled women from minority groups
  • offers innovative and open pedagogies in education and training.

Our educational and training resources and materials will promote innovative methods and tools for teaching, training and learning as drivers of improvements in lifelong learning.

  • Foreign-born women, with beginner to lower intermediate language skills, who dream of furthering their education, but find it difficult to overcome barriers pertaining to language requirements and study competence.
  • Professionals, volunteers, and others involved in social integration of foreign-born women.


Short-term goals

  • To develop self-learning language resources for improving language skills and enabling education;
  • To develop training resources for people who work with migrant women in supporting them on their upskilling journey.

Long-term goals

  • To promote diversity in decision making;
  • To provide women from minority backgrounds and lower social status access to influential posts;
  • To provide pathways for immigrant women to take the next step up in the education system;
  • To combat “economic violence” against women.

Project: 2020-1-SE01-KA204-077915
This project has been funded with the support of the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union. The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.