Cooperation of students and asylum seekers as fulfilling the third task of universities

Mervi Maria Kaukko, Jennina Lahti, Esko Nummenmaa

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In this article, we reflect on the support person work of the students of the Faculty of Education, University of Oulu at the Oulu reception centre from the perspective of the organisers. In the article, we will present ten questions which organisers should ask when planning similar activities. The questions are concerned with two themes: motivation for and long-term commitment to the activities. Joining the forces of educational institutions and reception centres may generate access to versatile resources for meeting shared aims, but the activities must be carefully considered, controlled and persistent. The activities must also be based on the personal needs of the young asylum seekers instead of, for instance, a researcher’s research interest. The cooperation will be sustainable if the actors’ creativity and enthusiasm are fostered with encouragement and necessary resources. If the activities are planned to be as self-directed as possible, the amount of resources required is not extensive.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationYoung People in Reception Centres
EditorsVeronika Honkasalo, Karim Maiche, Henri Onodera, Marja Peltola, Leena Suurpää
Place of PublicationHelsinki Finland
PublisherFinnish Youth Research Society, Finnish Youth Research Network
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9789527175439
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

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