The Arctic Centre at the University of Lapland is taking part to project which aim is to explore the measures aimed at improving participation and learning outcomes of children from a migrant background. The project outcome is to foresee an output such as a national charter, policy recommendations and annual reports to EU.
The four year project is under the partnership agreement
with the European policy network named Sirius and the Arctic Centre is
one of the 28 partners from 18 different countries. The Arctic Centre’s
part of the project is hosted by the research group "Arctic Law and
Governance” and it is led by the Research Professor Timo Koivurova and
vice-led by Nafisa Yeasmin.
- Our target is to find out both the
national and regional barriers and opportunities of schools in
supporting the inclusion of refugee children and their families by
increasing awareness for educational accessibility. We will recommend
policy guidelines which are necessary in order to assess the
effectiveness of provisions for ensuring inclusive education in the
school, says Nafisa Yeasmin.
- We will indeed focus on the
tension that exists between the requirements of the minority
discrimination legislation and the way school leaders make decisions
about the inclusion of students with minorities in Finnish schools. The
democratic governance process of inclusion will be discussed between
stakeholders in our roundtables for policy briefing, Research Professor
Timo Koivurova mentioned.
The project will produce an annual
Shadow report, which would aim to analyze challenges and highlight
recent developments in the field of inclusive migrant education. Shadow
reports will also aim to identify key policy pointers to address
existing challenges in the field of migrant education. The project will
be focusing on national and international roundtables, peer learning
activities, annual plenary meetings and dissemination of activities. The
project is targeted contributing to content development for the
European Commission and identify, share and promote good policy
The project is funded by EAC/S28/2016. The total
budget of a network is about 400,000.00 € for year 2017 and for the Arctic
Centre maximum of 15,000.00 € for each year.
partnership agreement with a European Policy network in the field of
education of children and young people with a migrant background:
Arctic Centre, University of Lapland
+358 40 484 4256, nafisa.yeasmin(at)ulapland.fi