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.
"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.