We all have the
Every child has the right to an education. Primary education must be free and different forms of secondary education must be available to every child. Discipline in schools must respect children’s dignity and their rights. Richer countries must help poorer countries achieve this.
UN convention on the Rights of the Child – Article 28
The Challenge : Integration
Migration due to conflict, economic displacement and climate change has disrupted the education of a significant number of children of school age that are currently residing in EU Member States, These children have been left out of the school environment for several years or even have never been included in education.
Integrating migrant children and young people into education is essential however, educational systems build up on prior schooling and require connectivity with prior education of the children.
Assessing migrant/ refugee childrens’ previous learning has been proven a great challenge for the majority of EU Host countries, as they usually hold no documentation of their previous school attainment and grades and there are no available tools to assess their prior level of knowledge. Furthermore psychological trauma, a difficult family situation and the lack of knowledge of the host countries’ languages are making it nearly impossible for these children to be included in the respective official educational systems.