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EPALE - Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe


Integrating minority, migrant & refugee children at European schools & society

Posted by Erika Zulkute 2 months 9 min ago

Monday 2 November 2020 to Friday 6 November 2020

According to the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR), over 1 million asylum-seekers and migrants reached the European Union via the Mediterranean in 2015 alone; that is, nearly five times as many as in 2014. The UN’s refugee agency estimates that 84 percent are from countries that, because of war or other circumstances, qualify them as refugees. This overwhelming refugee crisis poses many immediate challenges that should be addressed at different levels within the European Union. And clearly one of the biggest challenges in the years to come is how the EU will manage to integrate the men, women and children who remain in Europe after the crises subside; this will be the real long-term test for EU policy makers and EU communities, in general.  The integration of refugees and immigrants in Europe has seen a plethora of academic and policy prescriptions; this fact itself shows that there are few absolute answers to this challenge that EU will face in the years to come. It is worth noticing that international human rights law does not address explicitly the ‘integration’ issue and the rights to non-discrimination and equality appear to be the cornerstones for a successful integration policy. A recent study has concluded that ambitious integration policies do work, and those countries who embrace ‘inclusive integration policies’ tend to provide the best conditions for social cohesion, to the advantage of refugees and immigrants and the societies that host them. ‘Integrating minority, migrant & refugee children at European schools & society’ is a course that offers the participants the opportunity to involve in discussions on the role of education in the overall effort to integrate refugees & immigrants in European societies. This is an essential course for all those involved in education, such as school principals/directors, teachers of formal and informal education, trainers, public employees responsible for educational policies, community leaders, social workers, NGO and civil organisation staff.

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Event type: 
Professional development event
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Registration deadline: 
Online event: 
Organised by: 
ShipCon Limassol Ltd
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Other event
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Target group: 
Adult learning networks & organisations
Projects & partnerships
Policy makers
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Aims and objectives: 
1. Understand the concept of cultural awareness and how to deal with cultural differences 2. In depth knowledge of best practices & policies at school for integrating minority, migrant & refugee children 3. Understand the need for organisational adaptations at school environment 4. How to develop and implement desegregation policies at school 5. Comprehend the importance of national language acquisition for migrants & refugees 6. Overview of best practices related to supplementary schooling in immigrant communities
Expected (learning) outcomes: 
1. Deal with cultural differences inside the classroom and make the most out of cultural diversity 2. Embrace cultural diversity and best practices for integration 3. Develop and implement desegregation policies 4. Understand the importance of national language acquistion for integration of minority groups and migrants 5. Implement best diversity policies and take affirmative actions
Recognition/certification of participation: 
1. Certificate of attendance & certificate of competence (skills & competences required – Europass CV) 2. Europass mobility certificates – to be issued by the applicant’s National Authority (NA)
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