Exchange of experience on the education of newly arrived pupils

The Ministry of Education and Research and the European Commission organised a two-day seminar on education for newly arrived pupils in compulsory school. Almost 30 people from ten different European countries attended, addressing experiences from all over Europe during the seminar.

  • Almost 30 people from ten different European countries attended

    Almost 30 people from ten different European countries attended

    Photo: Mikael Lundgren/Government Offices of Sweden

  • Hjulstaskolan

    Hjulstaskolan

    Photo: Mikael Lundgren/Government Offices of Sweden

  • Hjulstaskolan

    Hjulstaskolan

    Photo: Mikael Lundgren/Government Offices of Sweden

  • Anna Mikander

    “Both Sweden and Finland have come a long way regarding the reception of new arrivals. I believe we could learn from Sweden in terms of the flexibility in the municipalities,” says Anna Mikander from Finland’s Ministry of Education and Culture.

    Photo: Mikael Lundgren/Government Offices of Sweden

  • Hjulstaskolan

    Hjulstaskolan

    Photo: Mikael Lundgren/Government Offices of Sweden

  • Hjulstaskolan

    Hjulstaskolan

    Photo: Mikael Lundgren/Government Offices of Sweden

  • Helmut Kehlenbeck

    “There are many similar challenges between Sweden and Germany. The teachers here spoke about the importance of the mother tongue. That is something we could work on more in Germany,” said Helmut Kehlenbeck with the Bremen Senator for Children and Education.

    Photo: Mikael Lundgren/Government Offices of Sweden

  • Hjulstaskolan

    Hjulstaskolan

    Photo: Mikael Lundgren/Government Offices of Sweden

"Creating a school system that is able to include newly arrived children and provide them an education that creates opportunities for the future is, first and foremost, about achieving quality education for each and every child. A school that is robust and flexible enough to offer every child a fair chance is the best possible precondition for newly arrived children to develop their knowledge and skills," said Minister for Education Gustav Fridolin in his welcoming address.

The National Agency for Education and the National Centre for Swedish as a Second Language talked about the Swedish experience and ongoing initiatives. Professor Nihad Bunar described his research on newly arrived pupils' learning. Participants also made a study visit to Hjulstaskolan to see examples close-up of how education for newly arrived pupils can be organised. They were given the opportunity to talk with students, teachers and head teachers at the school.