The most important reason for any multicultural kid to go through the program, FLEXid offers, is to boost their sense of who they are, become more confident in how to use their special knowledge, skills and experiences, and feel encouraged to reflect all the diversity of their identity instead of choosing one part over another.
Dag Fjæstad, senior adviser, NAFO, Norway
On 5 and 6 June 2014 took place in Riga the Forum of experience of Policy makers. Forum for experiences – gathering of mission – oriented persons, working on making education policies more inclusive for children and youth with migrant descent – has contributed to the understanding and closer collaboration between policy makers from seven SIRIUS countries: Greece, Portugal, Norway, Croatia, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania were present. It has started as a series of national best practices presentations (Croatia, Lithuania, Latvia, Norway, Greece, and Portugal) followed by Q&A sessions. Special recognition and interest among participants have caused Programa Escolhas/Choices programme, Portugal, and FLEXid – an informal education program for multicultural kids in Larvik municipality, Norway. First was considered as potential on level EU scalable social innovation due to its holistic nature, social cohesion orientation and constant self – reflection. The second has perceived as a missing link in educational and psycho – social work with migrant youth: normalization of multicultural identities. Lithuanian multilingual web resource and potential of family group conference method in work with migrant youth and in establishing sustainable family- community – school relations (Latvia) also have gained recognition among participants.
Second day was devoted to actual sharing and learning exercise, where representatives of new migration countries (Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia) have engaged themselves into productive conversations with representatives of old migration states (Greece, Portugal, Norway). Also, all forum participants have agreed to follow the certain structure of the national action plan on migrant education; from two options, presented by policy makers’ involvement coordinator Liesma Ose, majority have chosen existing resources based approach.
You can download the presentations used during the forum:
- Programa Escolhas
- National Minorities and Migrants in General Education in Lithuania
- Inclusive education de facto. EDC experience
- Intercultural education in contemporary Greece: The teachers point of view
- Ministry of Science, Education and Sports Croatia presentation
- FLEXid – a project for multicultural kids in Larvik municipality
You can download the report of the forum here.