Education on the move

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This edition of Learning World asks how immigrants can have equal access to education and integrate more easily into their new societies? Euronews visits three countries: Chile, China and Denmark to find out more.

Chile

In the growing city of Santiago, the number of immigrants has risen significantly over the last 20 years.

In the district of Yungay, resident migrants have increased by over 50 percent over the last ten years. Chileans and their new neighbours are learning to live together. One way this is accomplished is through the intercultural photography workshop where children’s photos are the beginnings of deep multicultural friendships.

You may view some of the photographs from the workshop at the following website, however the text of the site is in Spanish:

http://www.elmostrador.cl/cultura/2013/08/23/ninos-multicolores-chilenos-e-inmigrantes-descubren-la-fotografia/

China

Going to school isn’t a boring everyday routine for many Chinese children, but a life opportunity. Learning World looks at one school on the outskirts of Beijing that opened specifically to educate those who don’t have access to the public school system.

The project, a WISE Award finalist in 2013, was created by the Development Centre for Beijing Migrant Workers. It’s provided education opportunities to over 10,000 migrant children in ten low-income communities.

Denmark

But it isn’t only children who need education. Their mothers also need new skills to improve their employment opportunities and settle into their new country successfully.

The Danish Centre for Gender, Equality and Diversity (KVINFO) has an unusual approach to integrating migrant women in Denmark.

It established The Mentor Network in 2002. Since then, it’s introduced over 3000 refugee and immigrant women to local women active on the Danish labour market. The Danish mentors meet regularly with their mentees.

Further information:

KVINFO is short for: Køn, Viden, Information, Forskning, which means: Gender, Knowledge, Information, Investigation. However the short name is very similar to the danish word for woman “Kvinde”, so it is immediately associated with something that has to do with women.

http://www.kvinfo.dk/side/715/

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