ERIC Number: ED178258
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: N/A
Education of Migrant Workers' Children in the European Community.
Commission des Communautes Europeennes (Luxembourg).
More than two million migrant children within the European community are under the age of 18, and because most are of school age, they must face the problem of fitting into different school systems. Among the obstacles are language barriers, strange environments, cultural differences, differences in school curricula, and home backgrounds in which the parents know little about the language or educational system of the host country and so are unable to help or advise their children. If a migrant child can attend nursery school, integration is natural and the new language can be learned within a year. For the older child, reception classes with specialized teachers and intensive teaching methods teach the new language as quickly as possible, and within one to two years he may switch to normal classes. Remedial instruction can assist him after that, if necessary. The child's native language and culture should be retained and included in his school curriculum. Teachers working in migrant areas should be trained to speak the children's language, to utilize rapid language-teaching methods, and to understand the educational, psychological, and socio-cultural problems of migrant children. The successful integration of migrant children is dependent upon schoolmates being prepared to meet them halfway in their efforts to become a part of the new community. A list of efforts by the European community and by international organizations to assist in the education of migrant children concludes this booklet. (DS)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Community Action, Culture Conflict, Educational Problems, Elementary Secondary Education, International Organizations, Language Instruction, Migrant Children, Migrant Education, Parent Education, Parent School Relationship, Second Language Learning, Teacher Education
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commission des Communautes Europeennes (Luxembourg).