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Archive for February, 2014

  • Sweden: How to support inclusive education in a school where 99% of students are descendants of immigrants

    99 percent of the 800 students at the school Ronnaskolan in Södertälje, a city southwest of Stockholm, are pupils with a migrant background. A situation that can easily exceed school capacities, especially when considering that many pupils do not speak Swedish when arriving at school, have experienced war and expulsion in their country of origin or come from a low socio-economic background. Despite these challenges, Ronnaskolan has been remarkably successful in preparing its students for secondary education and providing quality education.
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  • Spain: Cultural Centre for Children

    Very much a grassroots initiative, the organisation was set up in 1983 by a number of neighbours living in the Raval neighbourhood in the centre of Barcelona to fight social exclusion and help children and young people with their educational needs. The area has had immigrants for as long as I can remember. Before 1990, they came predominantly from the south of Spain. By 1995, half of the children in the neighbourhood were Moroccan, and many more had arrived from Pakistan and Latin America. A lot of young people ended up here on their own, as undocumented migrants.
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  • School concentration – Stakeholder meeting report

    A number of strategies in the governance of education and segregation can be adopted to decrease school concentration: (1) Immediate or short-term interventions such as desegregation bussing, or implementing quotas for example. However these must be followed up with sustainable school policies that encourage classes to remain mixed, as otherwise systematic level policies will be undermined. (2) Indirect medium and long term measures (esp. in mixed neighbourhoods) that offer increased resources and quality of targeted schools, thus making them more attractive to parents.
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  • Invest in Education – European Citizens’ Initiative

    Strict austerity programmes and cuts in the education budget across many countries in the EU have negative affects on the whole population, but the youth have been particularly affected. Data have highlighted strong inequalities in labour market outcomes within generations depending on different educational levels, as well as between generations: youth have been significantly more affected by the crisis, and this […]
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