FEINAMC – Disseminating and scaling up good practices to Foster Educational Inclusion of Newly Arrived Migrant Children
An Erasmus+ project aiming to foster educational inclusion of newly arrived migrant children.
Grant Agreement Number: 621545-EPP-1-2020-1-ES-EPPKA3-IPI-SOC-IN
Funded by: Erasmus+ Duration: 15/01/2021-14/01/2023
Within the reality of a complex and pluralistic European society, the role of education is fundamental in inclusion and social cohesion. Specifically, according to Eurydice, those students who are well-integrated into the education system, both academically and socially, have the opportunity to develop their full potential.
However, migrant students still have difficulties in adjusting to the new educational system. The main challenges identified so far are those related to the migration process, to the socio-economical and political context, to students’ participation in education, inadequate teachers training to support children in classroom.
Additionally, young migrants have a higher early school leaving rate than other children. Early school leaving is an obstacle and fuels poverty and social exclusion. Consequently, tackling migrant students’ lower educational participation is a key issue to achieving a more inclusive society with equal opportunities for all.
Within this framework, it is necessary for teaching staff to enhance their skills in assessing and recognizing the prior learning of migrants and supporting successful access and completion in education and training for learners. In this way, the education system could better respond to the needs of migrant students..
The project aims to foster the inclusion of newly arrived migrant children in the formal education system by upscaling two, already implemented, innovative tools (mentoring program, prior learning assessment tool) for educators, who work with migrant students. These practices will favour the climate of coexistence and will support teaching staff to better respond to migrant students’ needs. The main goal is to promote diversity and equal opportunities in education, which can lead to a fairer and more inclusive society.