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In the frame of the ETUCE/EFEE project “European Sectoral Social Partners in Education promoting effective integration of migrants and refugees in education”, a delegation of education unions and employers’ representatives met in Madrid on 16 and 17 May 2018, to discuss good practices and challenges in the Spanish education system with regards to policies on inclusion and integration.

Throughout the study

A l’occasion de la Journée Mondiale des Réfugiés, Gloria Ihirwe Ntakirutinka, jeune réfugiée rwandaise poursuivant des études supérieures au Sénégal, fait part de son expérience et de son combat en faveur de l’accès à l’enseignement supérieur pour les réfugié(e)s. 

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The conference “Esperienze e proposte per l’apprendimento dell’Italiano L2 nelle classi multilingue e multiculturali” held in Castellammare del Golfo on 30 may 2018 brought together 80 participants to discuss experiences and proposals on ways to improve education for newcomers, with a focus on teaching Italian as a second language in a multilingual and multicultural context.

In particular, the

Liberia’s request for Nigerian teachers under the Technical Assistance Corps agreement has been met with condemnation of the Nigerian authorities by education unions, arguing that Nigeria itself is struggling to deliver quality education.

Nigerian education unions have highlighted their country’s shortage of teachers and struggle to ensure quality education. The reaction was prompted by a

The school system in Bremen envisages that the majority of the refugee youths who are older than 16 years and come to Bremen, will be schooled at vocational colleges. There, they have two years to get a BBR (einfache Berufsbildungsreife, Basic Vocational Qualification), or an EBBR (Erweiterte Berufsbildungsreife, Advanced Vocational Qualification). During this period of time, the students face the

By Silvia Costa, MEP.

Refugees and migrants education, especially minors, is a top priority, the best way to empower them and foster their integration, but also one of the principles on which the EU is funded. It is incredible, though, that education of migrants - especially forced migrants and refugees - seems to be underestimated, both while they are in refugee camps or while travelling, and when

The project “Teachers obtaining competences for working with migrants and refugees and helping them in the process of inclusion through education” aims to provide teachers and principals with adequate professional competences to work with migrants and refugee children and facilitate their inclusion.

The target group of the project includes teachers and principals from kindergartens, as well as

On December 18-19, 2017 the Polish Teachers' Union and the Foundation for Social Diversity organised a conference in Warsaw entitled "Teachers for high quality education of students and students with migration experience". The conference concluded an 18-month project aiming to improve refugees’ and migrants’ education in Poland. 

Among other things, it aimed to: 

  • improve procedures related to

The European region of EI, ETUCE, and EFEE join forces to develop a new project called ‘European Sectoral Social Partners in Education promoting effective integration of migrants and refugees in education’. The project, co-funded by the European Commission, and carried out from 2017 to 2019, is a direct answer from education social partners to the crisis of migrants and refugees, and the ensuing

Education International calls on governments, the United Nations and other intergovernmental organisations and stakeholders to defend and promote the rights of all migrants and refugees.

Education International (EI) particularly urges governments to ensure full respect for the human, trade union and education rights of migrant children, teachers and education support personnel. Rising

On the occasion of the Universal Children's Day on 20 November, health professionals, teachers, students, parents, artists, writers, academics, elected officials of the left and the right as well as organisations working to promote children's and human rights joined forces to submit to the Federal Council an Appeal against the blind application of the Dublin regulation. The organisations intend,

By Dr Patrick Roach, NASUWT Deputy General Secretary
 
Last week’s Racial Disparity Audit depressingly confirms what many of us know - namely that racial disadvantage and discrimination is widespread within our school system.
 
The problem remains of concern 30 years after the seminal report on racial inequality in schools – Education for All – was penned by Lord Swann.
 
There has in recent years

The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) and the Association canadienne d’éducation de langue française (ACELF) launched the second edition of “Voir grand ensemble” at the ACELF Conference in Calgary, Alberta, September 28-30, 2017.

“This booklet is intended for the entire school community within the context of its cultural diversity, especially teens, parents of immigrant families and teachers

According to the report “A Deadly Journey for Children: The Central Mediterranean Migration Route”, as of September 2016, 256,000 migrants had been identified in Libya.  11% were women and 9% were children. The “Central Mediterranean Migration Route”  is one of the most dangerous journeys children can take when seeking refuge, travelling through Libya being one of the most difficult parts of it.

Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS), EI affiliate and Scotland’s largest education trade union, has created a series of guides for teachers and lecturers on how to address myths of immigration in the classroom. The union made available three different guides depending on age range to provide support to teachers to understand the miscommunication and interpretation about immigration. Some of

 

In a joint call with leaders of Australia’s major charities and social service groups, the Independent Education Union (IEU) is looking to change the government’s policy towards refugees and migrants in Australia.

 

The more than 200 signatories believe Australia needs a more “humane” approach to asylum seekers and in particular, should abandon its current offshore approach to processing

   In March 2016, the European Union signed an agreement with Turkey to reduce the number of refugees arriving in Greece and heading to other parts of Europe. Because of this, thousands of refugees and migrants are stuck in Greek refugee camps all over the country, facing huge difficulties to process their application for international protection in Europe. About 39 Migrants and refugees are

With the recent election, came negative views towards undocumented immigrants entering and living in the United States. Last October, a group of associations and educators from different states in the US, including EI affiliates NEA and AFT, came together to develop extensive training targeting educators from around the country on how to launch the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival, or DACA.

A daylong conference is being organised by the German Education Union (GEW) state branch in Bremen that will take place on 21 September 2017. The event is part of a local capacity building project led by the union State branch and supported by Education International (called “Teachers Organising For Quality Education Provision for Refugees”).

The conference primarily targets teachers and other

The Beehive programme is promoted by the Melissa foundation, which aims to strengthen bonds between migrant women, promote refugee women empowerment and build bridges with the host society.

With support from Education international, the non-profit organization was able to develop further learning opportunities for young refugee women aged 16-28 with the creation of a film club where students can

For many years, the education trade union Gewerkschaft Erziehung und Wissenschaft (GEW) has been supporting the "Internationale Wochen gegen Rassismus" (International Weeks against Racism), by calling local members to take action.

This year, the initiative is taking place between 13 and 26 March, with more than 80 supportive organisations and the following slogan: "100 Prozent Menschenwürde -

The National Union of Teachers (UK) has produced a brochure compiling different initiatives and websites offering teachers resources to challenge racism with their students in their classroom.

It includes:

  • an education packchallenging contemporary racism and educating against the dangers of far right groups, produced in collaboration with the UK charity "Show Racism the RED card";
  • a SERTUC

20 February is United Nations World Day of Social Justice and the University and College Union is supporting the One Day Without Us mobilisation which invites supporters to celebrate the contribution migrants make by taking part in a unifying action: at 1pm all migrants and their supporters are invited to link arms and/or hold up placards, take photos and post them on social media using the

As part of its efforts to advocate for migrants’ and refugees’ rights in Spain, the Federación Estatal de Enseñanza de Comisiones Obreras (FECCOO) is carrying out a series of school-based capacity building projects, in collaboration with three education institutions in Catalonia, the Basque and the Valencian Communities. The different activities aim to sensitize and empower local communities,

Since Autumn 2016, five Swedish universities have started offering a new course for newly-arrived teachers and preschool teachers. The Swedish government launched this initiative to help new migrants with professional qualifications from their home countries integrate into the labour market in their host country, and obtain jobs in sectors where there is currently a shortage of workers.


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Education is a human right and a public good helping to enable people at all stages in their lives to achieve their maximum potential. This includes the right to learn and right to teach for refugees and migrants in every corner of the world.

June 20th is an important day to recognise the hardships and challenges refugees have been through and celebrate their strength and courage. It is also

Manning was named National Teacher of the Year in the United States. She has taught English and math at the Newcomer Center at Joel E. Ferris High School in Spokane, Washington, for seven years, and her refugee students come from countries all over the world, including Syria, Mexico, and Sudan. While her students don’t often feel safe in the current political climate, Manning has helped

Mandy Manning, an English and math teacher and a member of the NEA, serving on the executive committee of the Spokane Education Association, was named the 2018 National Teacher of the Year by the Council of Chief School State Officers (CCSSO) in the USA.

She has been teaching at the Newcomer Center at Joel E. Ferris High School for seven years where students come from a variety of regions and

As of today and until 11 May 2018, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on racism Tendayi Achiume is conducting an official visit to the UK. The UN Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner had previously announced that her mission would pay particular attention to the impact of Brexit on racial equality in the country.  

The expert’s mission will include stops in London and Belfast and she

The National Education Union (NEU) has released a series of resources to support schools welcoming refugee children. 

A series of inspiring short film clips in which refugee children and young people talk about their experiences of coming to a school in the UK has been made available on NEU’s website, together with Staff training notes for use with the clips.

Each video clip focuses on a

On 20 February 2018, Education International and its European region ETUCE held a hearing in the premises of the European Economic and Social Committee to present the outcomes of a new reportbringing together four national case studies analysing the state of education for refugees and newcomers’ in Germany, Italy, Spain and Sweden.

The report highlights cross-cutting issues concerning refugees’

Forcibly displaced children’s journey may last several years before they and their family settle in their final destination country with their family. Once attained this goal, getting enrolled in school may not be an absolute priority, having to deal with many pressing issues such as administrative procedures, securing accommodation, healthcare, etc. 

As a consequence, getting back to school for

 SNUipp-FSU, in collaboration with the NGO Solidarité Laïque and the parents’ association FCPE just released a child-friendly booklet entitled « We’re above all children: stop false myths about migrants and refugees ».

The union used to support the project « Ecole Laïque du chemin des Dunes » providing education and training opportunities to refugees in the Calais Jungle before its dismantlement.

Education should be at the core of the new Global Compact for Migration, according to Education International, commenting on the importance of a whole-of-society approach to migration at the local and national level.

UN member states, and indeed all governments, are obliged to guarantee the human rights of all migrants. That’s according to Education International (EI) Dennis Sinyolo. “These

The Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) has published a report on asylum seekers’ and refugees’ opportunities to access education and training in Europe.

Looking at Denmark, Greece, Hungary, the Netherlands and Poland as well as parts of Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Spain, Finland, France, Italy, Sweden and Slovakia, the report first points out that statistics on asylum seekers and refugees are not

Thoughts from GEW Conference “Good Education for Refugees”, Bremen (20th September 2017) by Nick Strauss, GEW Bremen State branch.

The German federal election results of the 24th of September this year, will lead concerns for many of our friends and colleagues outside of Germany. When just 70 years after the defeat of Nazism in Europe, a political party like the AfD could achieve more than 10% of

The UN Refugee Agency has created a platform pulling together teaching resources in different european languages in order to support teachers and education personnel that are keen to address refugee-related topics with their students.

The portal collects good practices, games, lesson plans, movies, book suggestions, etc.:

  • Passages- An awareness game putting players through the experience of

The 2016-2017 school year is getting to its term and with it, the activities planned within the project called "The weight of my backpack" are being developed successfully in the two educational centers of the neighborhood of La Salud in Badalona. The objective of FECCOO is to develop a series of activities aimed at creating optimal school environments that are conducive to the integration of

As part of the response to teaching hundreds of thousands of newly arrived refugee children, the GEW has organised a series of workshops this year to support teachers and other education workers facing children with special psychological needs, such as trauma caused by the experience of war and the long journey to Europe.

The Hamburg psychologist Julia Fischer-Ortmanhas carried out workshops in

The scope of the project called "My school is an intercultural world map in which we all learn better" is to develop teacher training activities, in order to improve the quality of day-to-day interactions with students from different cultural backgrounds.

The EI-supported project taking place at the Sansomendi IPI Educational Center in Vitoria, promotes the right to education for all migrant

In a public event organized on 29 May 2017, the Bremen Education Union (GEW – LV Bremen) and the Bremen Refugee Council (Flüchtlingsrat Bremen) have criticised the lack of school places for hundreds of young refugees in Bremen. Despite the right to an education, and the legal requirement under German law to attend schools, these 6 to 18 year olds are not allowed to go to school. Instead, they

The UK’s response to the Syrian refugee crisis means that at least 20,000 refugees from that conflict will arrive between now and 2020.  Many will be resettled in communities that have never hosted refugees before.  Every single resettled refugee will have a connection to a school, as only families are eligible for the Vulnerable Persons Relocation Programme.  Schools thus become crucial places of

On the occasion of the World Refugee Day, students from the Instituto de Enseñanza Secundaria La Morería and the Colegio Santa Creu launched an exhibition of the artistic works they have realized as part of a collaborative urban photomontage that will be organised in the coming months in Mislata with FECCOO’s support. The pictures have been placed on the walls of the institute and on the facade of

On Friday 19 May, the closing event of the project “Together we can” took place in Trapani, Sicily. The project aiming to promote integration activities for young refugees and unaccompanied minors was supported by Education International, in collaboration with Uil Scuola and IRASE and implemented by the Adult Learning Centre (CPIA) of Trapani.

It involved 40 students and teachers, with the

According to the UNHCR, Lebanon is currently hosting approximately one million Syrian refugees, half of which are children. Over 252,000 Syrian refugee children are of school-age, but only 30% are actually enrolled in school.

To assess the underlying causes of this situation, Education International and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung have decided to conduct a survey, in collaboration with the

"What should I do if a classmate bullies or harasses me because he or she believes I am undocumented?", " What do I do if I see a student being bullied or harassed because they are Latino or an immigrant?": here are some of the questions that might remain unanswered amongst students and educators facing School Bullying and Harassment Based on Actual or Perceived Race, Ethnicity, National Origin, or

By Fred van Leeuwen, General Secretary, Education International.

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly-in 1966. It is 21 March, the anniversary of the 1960 attack on a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa. Police killed 69 people. To call brutal carnage “racial discrimination” strikes me as a gross

The National Tertiary Education Union condemns US president Donald Trump’s executive order suspending visas for nationals from seven Muslim majority countries. It shared the concerns raised by academic and university communities worldwide that this extreme order poses a direct threat to intellectual and academic freedom, and academic exchange and collaboration.
The union urged Australian

By Fred van Leeuwen, General Secretary, Education International


The Executive Order of President Donald Trump produced much heat, but little light. Many were outraged and incredulous that bigotry could become the official policy of the United States, but others were too angry to listen or to reason. EI has made its position, based on international law, clear.

Nigel Farage, a member of the

Every day in 2015, around 17,000 children fled their homes due to persecution and conflict, according to Human Rights Watch’s (HRW) latest World Report, launched last week. While access to education is crucial for children’s physical and emotional well-being, for those living in emergencies going to school is often an impossible dream.

The report draws on United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR)’s