Minister for Integration Sebastian Kurz visits “Caritas Lerncafé” and "Quantensprung" project

Together with the President of Caritas Austria Michael Landau and Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, Minister for Integration Sebastian Kurz visited two very promising integration projects on 16 March. Launched and run by the Catholic relief, development and social service organisation Caritas, and co-funded since 2011 by the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs,

“Caritas Lerncafés” provide free of charge learning support and afternoon care opportunities for children and young people with and without a migration background. The Caritas project “Quantensprung” (Quantum leap) was developed only recently. It is directed specifically at men and women who are entitled to protection in Austria and supports their integration in the Austrian labour market.

The Austrian “Lerncafés” provide free of charge learning support and afternoon care opportunities for more than 1,000 children and young people. The initiative is a huge success. In the school year 2014/15 a total of 92% of participants, involving 90% children and young people with migration background, were able to attain the relevant grades needed to successfully complete their school year. In view of the project’s great success and with support from the Ministry for Integration, further “Lerncafés” were opened in four locations in 2016. Including these latest additions, Caritas now operates a total of 43 locations across Austria. Nationwide, the FMEIA currently supports 25 “Lerncafés”, i.e. more than 60% of all locations.

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