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Are there positive initiatives to improve/support poor educational provision for migrant and minority groups?

Key Area:
Discrimination, Equality
06/01/2012 - 15:25
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The Report of the High Council for Integration (HCI) is devoted to the 'challenges of integration in schools'. It makes 50 recommendations to facilitate the integration of young immigrants. Of these, some include compulsory education for 3 years, the creation of reception classes in city centres for children arriving from overseas, the establishing of a longitudinal study of young immigrants, the  abolishing of teaching schemes for languages and cultures of origin, awareness-raising among parents, and, a proposal that has caused some indignation, a reminder of the link between the right to receive family benefits and obligations with respect to compulsory education. Reception of the report was  reserved, especially from certain education unions.

In primary schools, migrant newly arrived children can already benefit, during a variable period, from introductory classes (Classe d’initiation, CLIN), i.e. daily classes lasting several hours to give students (aged 7 to 12) intensive courses in French tailored to their needs, or from integrated remedial course (Cours de rattrapage intégré, CRI), i.e. intensive courses in French provided by a part-time teacher who works at the school with small groups of students, as needed. A similar system exists in secondary school. But in all cases, children are returned full time to the class of their age group as soon as  possible.

The fight against racism and antisemitism in national education is growing with the strengthened partnership signed between the Ministry and LICRA on 5 July 2011.

Groups affected/interested Migrants
Type (R/D) Anti-migrant/xenophobia
Key socio-economic / Institutional Areas Education
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