ERIC Number: ED235939
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Case Study on Skovde Municipality and Its Ethnic Minorities (Sweden). The CDCC's Project No. 7.: "The Education and Cultural Development of Migrants".
A 1970's educational program in Skovde, Sweden, supports the country's immigrant policy of equality, freedom of choice, and cooperation by providing for active bilingualism among immigrant children at school. The program provides instruction from certified bilingual teachers in 16 home languages for immigrant groups dominated by Finns but also including Yugoslavs, Turks, Syrians, Assyrians, Danes, and Norwegians. While some groups refuse home-language instruction, most take advantage of it. Part of the normal school program, the immigrant activities include education at three levels. Preschool education, for ages 5-6, is entirely in the home language for the larger immigrant groups. During the first six years of compulsory school (ages 7-16), large immigrant groups can have completely separate instruction with Swedish taught as a foreign language. During the last three years, instruction is in Swedish and special help is available. During upper secondary school, lasting 2-4 years, foreign students get two hours of home-language instruction weekly. Outside the schools, adult basic education for immigrants is available within the workplace. Transfer of the Skovde program to other locations would depend on sufficient financial support, a large migrant group, school administration autonomy, and recognition of immigrants' integral place in society. (SB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council for Cultural Cooperation, Strasbourg (France).
Identifiers: Finland; Sweden (Skovde); Syria; Yugoslavia