EAEA: Ensure diversity in classrooms – bring locals and refugees together
Refugees across Europe have voiced their concern over the lack of contact with the local population. EAEA calls for policy makers and adult education providers to support refugees’ integration by creating contacts between the refugees and the local population.
“I want to learn more, listen and speak Norwegian with different people,” says Malak, a participant of a handicraft class in Vågå, Norway, open to migrants and locals.
“Integration doesn’t happen in the office in the municipal refugee consultant. It takes place in the local communities,” adds Ane Botterli, a refugee consultant, who was responsible for recruiting the participants of the course.
Similarly, a learning centre in Lesvos, Greece, offers language classes of Greek, English and Arabic, some of which are attended by both local population and newly arrived refugees.
“Our idea was to create a solidarity place where refugees and locals can help each other,” says Efi Latsoudi from Mosaik in Lesvos, Greece.
EAEA’s policy messages highlight ways of supporting refugees through adult education.