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Are there in schools good practices/positive initiatives and intercultural coexistence plans designed to solve problems of discrimination racism or xenophobia?

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13/03/2012 - 14:36
Short Answer

Ireland does have initiatives and intercultural coexistence plans designed to solve problems of discrimination racism or xenophobia in education. Two examples of this are The Office of the Minister for Children has published ‘Diversity and Equality Guidelines for Childcare Providers’ (2006), and The Economic and Social Research Institute published ‘Adapting to Diversity: Irish Schools and Newcomer Students’ (2009)

Qualitative Info

“A number of European documents have considered how education systems attempt to integrate immigrant or newcomer students. These have included Integrating Immigrant Children into Schools in Europe (2004). In July 2008 a Green Paper, Migration and Mobility: challenges and opportunities for EU education systems, was adopted which the Commission hopes will open the debate on how education policies may better address the challenges posed by immigration and internal EU mobility flows. Such documents tend to view school-based measures for immigrant children as part of a wider EU objective, led by the Lisbon Summit, to become a knowledge-based economy and society by 2010. That is, the integration of immigrants in accordance with law is now an important constituent of European Union policy and the education system has been identified as an arena in which integration can occur. While the European Union is gradually adopting a fully consistent policy for asylum and immigration, Ireland and the United Kingdom may do so at their discretion in accordance with Article 3 of the Protocol to the Amsterdam Treaty.”

-‘Adapting to Diversity: Irish Schools and Newcomer Students’ (2009)

Groups affected/interested Migrants, Refugees, Roma & Travelers, Muslims, Ethnic minorities, Religious minorities, Linguistic minorities, Majority, Asylum seekers, Africans/black people, National minorities
Type (R/D) Anti-migrant/xenophobia, Anti-semitism, Islamophobia, Afrophobia, Arabophobia, Anti-roma/zinghanophobia, Religious intolerance, Inter-ethnic, Intra-ethnic, Nationalism, Homophobia, On grounds of disability, On grounds of other belief, Anti-roma/ romaphobia, Xenophobia
Key socio-economic / Institutional Areas Health and social protection, Education, Culture, Political discourse -parties - orgs, Political participation, Anti-discrimination, Anti-racism, Integration - social cohesion, Daily life, Religion
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