UN urges more ef­forts to in­te­grate mi­grant chil­dren in schools

The Miracle - - Midle East -

PARIS: The UN on Tues­day called on coun­tries to step up ef­forts to in­te­grate the grow­ing num­bers of refugee and mi­grant chil­dren world­wide into their ed­u­ca­tion sys­tems. The num­ber of school-age mi­grant and refugee chil­dren has risen 26 per­cent since 2000 to some 18 mil­lion, the UN­ESCO cul­tural agency wrote in its 2019 Global Ed­u­ca­tion Mon­i­tor­ing re­port. Around half the world’s forcibly dis­placed peo­ple are un­der 18, and often have lit­tle if any ac­cess to pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion sys­tems in the coun­tries where they are seek­ing asy­lum. Even if they are not ex­cluded out­right, host coun­tries often lack the re­sources to of­fer lan­guage classes and en­sure the in­te­gra­tion of refugee chil­dren. Le­banon and Jor­dan, with the largest num­ber of refugees per capita as peo­ple fled the civil war in neigh­bor­ing Syria, have im­posed sep­a­rate morn­ing and af­ter­noon classes for cit­i­zens and refugees. Even wealthy Ger­many would need 42,000 new teach­ers to prop­erly ed­u­cate the refugee chil­dren taken in as part of Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel’s open-door pol­icy en­acted in 2015, which has since been sharply cur­tailed, the re­port found.

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