The European Commission has published two reports providing an overview of the initiatives taken in European education systems to support the millions of refugees from Ukraine and facilitate their rapid and successful integration in their host countries.
‘Supporting refugee learners from Ukraine in schools in Europe’ and ‘Supporting refugee learners from Ukraine in higher education in Europe’ were published by the Eurydice Network, whose task is to explain how education systems are organised in Europe and how they work.
“We see that many education systems across the EU have developed new policies and measures responding to the educational needs of newly arrived learners from Ukraine. Some are also providing guidance and support for addressing the learners’ psychosocial support needs. This is positive news, and a reflection of the work we have been doing to coordinate efforts on national and regional level,” said Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth. She added that the reports are “additional food for thought for authorities who are considering policy responses”.
In general education, findings show that reaching out to families arriving from Ukraine and ensuring that their children enrol into schools is a priority. Most education systems have reacted rapidly with policy initiatives supporting learners in schools. In higher education, the most common support measures in place are host language training or support, psychological counselling, academic guidance, introductory courses, as well as financial support and reserved study places.
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