Aims & Objectives

The main objective of the NeuCaRe Project is to design and implement a higher diploma in neurodevelopment focused on refugee children for professionals involved in their care.

The specific objectives of the NeuCaRe project are:

    1. Conduct an analysis of the need for a program about neurodevelopmental training in the partner countries.
    2. Conduct a state-of-the-art review of neurodevelopment and refugees.
    3. Begin the administrative process to initiate the diploma.

    1. Plan the curricular structure and methodology of the higher diploma.
    2. Prepare syllabus lessons.
    3. Prepare the e-learning platform for the higher diploma program.

    1. Translate lessons and resources to Arabic and English.
    2. Adapt all lessons and resources to the Arabic culture.

    1. Consideration of gender differences in neurodevelopment and the neuropsychological problems that refugees suffer.
    2. Apply gender equality and awareness in all the WPs of the project, especially in WP2, WP3, WP5, WP6, and WP7.

    1. Train the HEI’s academic staff on neurodevelopment.
    2. Train the HEI’s academic staff on practical skills about neurodevelopment.
    3. Train the HEI’s academic staff on didactic methodologies, including the use of the e-learning platform.

    1. Design and implement a higher diploma in the curriculum.
    2. Enhance the theoretical knowledge of students about neurodevelopment in refugees and develop their skills in this field.

    1. Manage and assess the quality of academic staff training.
    2. Manage and assess the higher diploma student training.8. Disseminate information about the project’s development and training results to reach target groups which include non-profit organizations for refugees in each of the participating countries and across Europe, the general public, international agencies for refugee care, governmental agencies for refugees, and the Spanish Agency for international development cooperation (AECID).
  1. Ensure the implementation of a robust management structure, facilitation of dialogue processes in a transparent manner, optimal coordination, and commitment of partners throughout the project’s implementation and decision-making (including measures for any conflict resolution).

The objectives of the project address the aforementioned problems. When the project finalizes in both partner countries, Jordan and Palestine, the academic structure (the design and infrastructure of the degree) and the educational structure (training professors and the professor network) will remain. This will allow for the degree to be implemented each year, which will guarantee an annual quota of graduates who are specialized in applied neurodevelopment in children living in refugee camps.

The set objectives are realistic and feasible in the national and institutional contexts for various reasons:

  1. The Higher Diploma is adapted to the legal and academic norms of each country (Jordan and Palestine) and each institution (University).
  2. The work team has expert knowledge on neurodevelopment and educational methodology for higher learning.
  3. The work team has extensive experience in designing and evaluating undergraduate and master’s degrees in its respective universities.
  4. The professors responsible for implementing the Higher Diploma in their university (Palestine and Jordan) have been received previous conceptual and methodological training.
  5. The design structure for the implementation guarantees success for achieving the proposed objectives. Various key elements were kept in mind: the diagnostics of the situation, the curriculum design (theoretical and practical content), the teaching methodology (e-learning platform, a sequence of activities, time and space for development), training (through the training of trainers), as well as the implementation (quality control processes).

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