The 3rd International Consortium Meeting of the Refugees Class Assistance for Teacher (RCA4T) project took place in Athens, the capital of Greece
Within the context of the classroom support project for asylum seekers' teachers, project activities have been evaluated recently. At a consortium meeting hosted by CivisPlus, partners gave information about the activities the project has done since its inception. Decisions were taken with the activities of the project in the coming period. The date and place of the next meeting was determined after two days of meetings.
The 2nd International Consortium Meeting of the Refugees Class Assistance for Teacher (RCA4T) project took place in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria
Within the context of the classroom support project for asylum seekers' teachers, project activities have been evaluated recently. At a consortium meeting hosted by Sofia Kliment Ohridski University, partners gave information about the activities the project has done since its inception. Decisions were taken with the activities of the project in the coming period. The date and place of the next meeting was determined after two days of meetings
RefugeeClassAssisstance4Teachers project disseminated within a national seminar “EU dimension of the education” organised by Ministry of education and its agencies
- 20 November 2017
On 20.11.2017 NARHU team took part in a seminar where educational experts have discussed the challenges of the education in the context of EU community. The event was attended by 80 representatives of educational institutions, public bodies, training centres and state organisations from the educational sector. NARHU team grasps the chance to distribute leaflets and communicate the achieved results within the project so far.
Take a look on the photos to get visible impressions from the working atmosphere.
RefugeeClassAssisstance4Teachers project presented within 56th Annual scientific conference of Rousse University
- 26-28 October 2017
In the period between 26 and 28 of October the 56 International Scientific Conference of Rousse University “Angel Kanchev” was carried out. NARHU was invited to prepare an article entitled “THE IMPORTANCE OF WELCOME PROCESS WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF SCHOOL INTEGRATION OF REFUGEE CHILDREN” and to present it in a thematic session. The abstract of the article was already published in the conference compendium. The presentation was made by Petya Grudeva and Diana Apostolova on the second day of the conference within the thematic section “Psychology and Education”. The special emphasis was put on the demonstration of the results of IO 2 and the guidelines for teachers structured in the format of ppt were admired by the academics. In December 2017the full text of the article will be published in the Conference article collection book.If you want to learn more about the conference, please follow the link: http://conf.uni-ruse.bg/en
Violence linked to vulnerable groups - Children with disabilities - A journey through hard numbers and facts
This afternoon PhoenixKM presented the project at the National Conference "Violence and the child of the 21st century - conceptual and practical challenges" on 23-24 November 2017, at the Grand Hotel Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Title of my presentation: "Violence linked to vulnerable groups - Children with disabilities - A journey through hard numbers and facts".
Organisers were: University of Plovdiv "P.Hilendarski" ; State Agency for Child Protection, Municipality of Plovdiv
English version Bulgarian version
Recognizing Refugee Qualifications: Practical Tips for Credential Assessment
Thousands of refugees fleeing conflict and disaster in countries such as Syria face major hurdles in their new host countries. Credential assessment can be an unexpected one: Too often, lack of verifiable educational credentials blocks refugees from access to higher education or skilled professional employment.
This report is an overview of WES’s extensive research on worldwide practices in the assessment of credentials and qualifications of refugees and other displaced individuals. It seeks to provide educational institutions, licensing bodies, and employers – particularly in North America – with an understanding of promising and actionable practices for recognizing the qualifications, credentials and abilities of students and trained professionals.
This report includes:
- An overview of the challenges in assessing the credentials of refugee students and professionals.
- Basic legal and theoretical frameworks in assessing such credentials.
- An overview of recommended practices to help institutions recognize refugee applicants qualifications when full, official or verifiable documentation is missing.
- Alternative methods for recognizing refugee qualifications when it is not possible to recognize the applicant’s full claimed background.
ISSUE No.7 of the "SIRIUS Network Policy Brief Series" features an in-depth study on the "Refugee children in education in Europe, How to prevent a lost generation?" by Prof. Maurice Crul (VU University Amsterdam and Erasmus University Rotterdam), February 2017.
- April 1, 2017
The report has some interesting findings:
- Parallel school system: Refugee children are largely incorporated into a parallel school system (example Turkey).
- Access to vocational school levels: Refugee children are included in the national education system but are largely streamed into the (lowest) vocational streams (examples are Germany, Flanders and the Netherlands)
- Access to all school levels: Refugee children are included in the national education system, with the aim to stream them to all school levels (including the academic levels) according to their capabilities (example is Sweden).
Six major school arrangements that affect positively school success have been identified.
- 1. Free of costs pre-school places for the youngest refugee children to start to learn the second language early.
- 2. Sustained second language programs should be available from pre-school until upper-secondary school to accommodate children from all age groups. Teachers should get up-to-date second language teacher training and especially developed materials and methods.
- 3. For 16+ and 18+ students: Education should be available also after compulsory schooling (for instance adult education) if we want to prevent a lost generation. Stopping or only providing limited access to education beyond compulsory schooling is highly disruptive.
- 4. Short introductory classes, after which students are immersed into regular classes. Being placed for one or two years in welcome classes or international classes is detrimental to school success. Introductory classes should be connected to all secondary school levels (not just vocational education).
- 5. Additional support teachers should be assigned to follow up on children's needs.
- 6. Direct access to English Master programs for students holding a BA, comparable to international students.
An integrated approach is key, where these arrangements are linked together (See also the recommendations of European Commission Report: Study for educational support for newly arrived migrants, PPMI 2013). For example, short introductory programs can only be successful when combined with sustained second language support.
Survey among teachers/schools that work with refugee children
- December 25, 2016
In the context of the “Training for teachers how to cope with refugee children in their class” project (REFUGEEClassAssistance4Teachers, 2016-1-TR01-KA201-034527), we are surveying the challenges teachers face when they have children in their class with a refugee background.
This questionnaire should not take more than 10 minutes of your time.
- International survey (English) - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/teach4refugees-EN
- Turkey survey (Turkish) - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/teach4refugees-TR
- Belgium survey (Dutch) - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/teach4refugees-NL
- Bulgaria survey (Bulgarian) - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/teach4refugees-BG
- Greece survey (Greek) - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/teach4refugees-EL
- Serbia survey (Serbian) - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/teach4refugees-SRB
Successful kick-off meeting in Ankara on 15-16 November 2016
- November 15-16, 2016
All partners participated in a successful kick-off meeting in Ankara on 15-16 November 2016. Current status of education of refugee children in all partner countries were presented, while the various milestones of the project were detailed.