SIRIUS Watch 2018: Role of non-formal education in migrant children inclusion: links with schools

Classrooms in Europe are becoming increasingly diverse, with more students having roots from different parts of the world and speaking a multitude of languages. According to PISA 2015, more than one in ten 15-year-olds in European schools are first and second-generation migrants. In the last three years, the regular migration to European Union has been overshadowed by massive inflow of asylum seekers. Over the course of 2015 and 2017, around 2 million people applied for asylum in an EU country. In 2017, more than 30% of all asylum requests concerned children.

Authors: PPMI: Karolina Lipnickienė, Hanna Siarova, Loes van der Graaf

Literature shows that success of refugee and migrant children integration is heavily dependent on how educational policy frameworks are designed and their capacity to bring all environments children participate in together to enhance their learning experiences. Researchers and practitioners agree that cooperation between schools and non-formal education (NFE) actors bring wider expertise to schools, innovative teaching and learning methods, and flexible approaches that can address specific needs of vulnerable children as well as enrich learning for all students. 

However, there is little knowledge on what system provisions are in place to encourage collaboration between formal education (primary and secondary schools) and non-formal education sector (e.g., NGOs, businesses, community organisations). SIRIUS Watch 2018 aims to address this knowledge gap by exploring the examples of collaboration between schools and outside actors practiced across Europe and identifying conditions that public authorities can ensure to facilitate such collaboration and make it more systematic.

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