On the eve of 2019 World Refugee Day, on 18-19 June 2019, COFACE Families Europe and other civil society organisations joined Central Eastern and South Eastern European education social partners members of the European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE) and of the European Federation of Education Employers (EFEE) to share challenges, best practices and common solutions to improve access to education, and the educational experience of migrant children, often the most vulnerable in society. The discussion happened in Larnaca, Cyprus in the framework of the second Training Seminar of the project ‘European Sectoral Social Partners in Education promoting effective integration of migrants and refugees in education’.
The right of the child, including the right to education must be at the core of any policy to mitigate the impacts of the difficult situation that migrant and refugee children face. Participants discussed about models and organisation of education systems adapting to the needs and experiences newcomers bring along, about pedagogical approaches to value every child’s resource, including learning in mother tongue and willingness to learn and to start a new life, and the need for multi-sector and multi-stakeholder approach for an effective inclusion in the wider socio-economic context of the host country.
Together with other civil society representatives from the Red Cross EU, Eurochild, and parents’ associations, COFACE Families Europe contributed to the discussion, by bringing its view on how education can drive the building of inclusive societies and concrete examples from the day-to-day work of its members in Belgium, Spain, Bulgaria and Greece.
The outputs of the discussions, together with the inputs of social partners participating to the first training seminar in Copenhagen, will be presented at the project’s final conference, on 14-15 October 2019, in Brussels.
For more information, contact Irene Bertana COFACE policy and advocacy officer: firstname.lastname@example.org