refugee education

Description

Realising that successful social dialogue is crucial when address the inclusion of migrants and refugees in education systems, ETUCE and EFEE will be starting the project “European Sectoral Social Partners in Education promoting effective integration of migrants and refugees in education”. The two year project (December 2017- November 2019) is co-funded by the European Commission and aims to promote successful methods of migrant education in schools as well as evaluating current policies and practices, which will result in a concrete set of proposals and recommendations for national member organisations and governments. The project will consist of three case study visits to Spain, Serbia and Belgium which will be followed by two seminars in Denmark and Cyprus as well as the production research-report, video documentary, practical guidelines and a draft quality framework of effective practices. The project will then conclude with a final conference and the dissemination of the project outcomes with the aim of improving practices in regards to integrating migrants and refugees in to education systems and schools.

Advisory Group

The advisory group is responsible for carrying out the planning, organisation and evaluation of the project. The members came from seven national education trade unions and from the European Federation of Education Employers (EFEE). As ESSDE delegates and Working Group members, they were chosen to ensure a geographical spread and to enable an exchange of expertise on the current and best practices for aiding the integration of migrants and refugees in education systems and schools.

The advisory group consists of representatives from the following organisations: DLF (Denmark), ACOD-CGSP (Belgium), OELMEK (Cyprus), SVIZ (Slovenia), FesP-UGT (Sapin), TUS (Serbia)

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Case Studies

1st Case Study - Spain

On 16 and 17 May 2018, the first case study for the identification of challenges, concrete ways and joint social partners’ initiatives to effectively integrate migrants and refugees in education took place in Madrid, Spain, organised with the support of the ETUCE member organisation FeSP-UGT, partner to the project “European Sectoral Social Partners in Education promoting effective integration of migrants and refugees in education”. The study delegation, including ETUCE and EFEE representatives, the research expert accompanying the project as well as a video-maker and one representative from the project advisory group in Denmark (DLF) had the opportunity to learn more about  the impact of enduring budget cuts, education system segmentation and the lack of a national strategy addressing specifically the integration of migrants and refugees in schools and education institutions. While learning from the different social partners, school communities, parents and students representatives’ perspectives and good practices in the course of the first day, the delegation had the chance to witness the difficult professional and working conditions of teachers and educators dealing with students of migrant origins and from disadvantaged background. Concluding the visit, the delegation raised key issues related to migrants’ integration with representatives from the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport.

 

2nd Case Study - Serbia

Between 26 and 28 September 2018, the second case study within the project “European Sectoral Social Partners in Education promoting effective integration of migrants and refugees in education” took place in Serbia, organised with the support of the ETUCE member organisation and partner to the project, TUS. The study delegation, including ETUCE and EFEE representatives, the research expert accompanying the project, two video-makers, and representatives from the project advisory group - from Slovenia (SVIZ-ESTUS) and Ireland (ETBI) - had the opportunity to learn more about  good practices and challenges in the Serbian education system with regards to policies on inclusion and integration. The delegation visited multiple educational institutions and asylum centres and, during the three days, discussed with representatives from the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, local authorities, NGOs, and other stakeholders as well as with migrant and refugee children, their parents, and teachers. Concluding the visit, the social partners at national and European level agreed on the importance of continuous social dialogue on this important topic, stressing the importance of an effective European cooperation and sharing of good practices.

3rd Case Study - Belgium

Between 7 and 8 November 2018, the third case study of the project “European Sectoral Social Partners in Education promoting effective integration of migrants and refugees in education” took place in Belgium, organised with the support of the ETUCE member organisation and partner to the project, ACOD-Onderwijs. The study delegation, including ETUCE and EFEE representatives, the research expert accompanying the project, and a project advisory group representative from Cyprus had the opportunity to familiarize with  good practices and challenges in the Flemish education system regarding policies of inclusion and integration of newcomers. The delegation visited primary and secondary education institutions and interacted with representatives from the education employer organisations (GO!, POV and KOV) and the Flemish Ministry of Education, NGOs, as well as with teachers, school leaders, and migrant children. Language acquisition, dealing with youngsters having experienced trauma and segmentation of the system are some of the main challenges the education community is facing. Concluding the visit, social partners at national and European level agreed on the importance of continuous social dialogue on this topic, an effective European cooperation and sharing of good practices.

 

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