Conference on exchange of knowledge and good practices in refugee education
As part of the on-going EU-project RefuEdu on refugee education in Europe, two conferences have been held at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, The Netherlands and at Verikom, in Hamburg, Germany.
As part of the on-going EU-project RefuEdu on refugee education in Europe, two learning, teaching and training conferences have been held in Roterdam, The Netherlands and at Verikom in Hamburg, Germany. The EU-project is a collaboration between Fryshuset and 8 other organisations from 7 European countries and is based on a former collaboration project PERAE that analysed the challenges that refugee and asylum seeking youth face in accessing and succeeding in education from an empirical point of view.
The conferences were organised for practitioners and policy makers to meet together and share the findings as well as propose ways to go forward. Over the course of the week participants attended workshops and study visits at Erasmus University in Rotterdam with practitioners from Sweden, Holland and Belgium.
The majority of the discussions centred around effective practices and policies within schools, local authorities and non government organisations from the different countries represented.
Participants found it useful to work together in national teams to network, communicate and learn from each other about the different initiatives and resources available to each other within their own context and in Europe. Also, best practices were shared with the international partners, revealing the different approaches of each country.
Workshops also took place in groups of international practitioners from schools in one session discussing and learning from each other whilst policy makers and strategic leads had their own session in a different room. The debate was around what practices and policies are effective for supporting and integrating refugee and asylum seeker pupils and what needs to take place for policies to be effective and practices consistent and sustainable in our cities.