Each year, Teach For All’s Europe region offers travel scholarships to participants and alumni in order to foster regional connectivity and cross-partner learning. This year, 12 Leadership Scholarships were awarded to representatives of eight network partners. Each scholarship recipient identified an existing barrier to education equity in their country and developed a project to address this barrier. Given the significant number of migrants and refugees in Europe, and the growing awareness of the challenges they face, issues relating to international migration were top of mind for several of the participants.
Teach For Austria Fellows Peter Berry and Hannes Aichmayr focused on the question of how to ensure that newly-arrived students are integrated into their schools and communities and learn the local language as quickly and effectively as possible. Because Austria currently favors the integrative approach, where newly-arrived students are immediately placed in a mainstream classroom with other Austrians, Peter and Hannes wanted to compare this with the very different approach taken in Sweden. There, newly-arrived students spend their first year in a separate preparation class with other foreign students where they focus on learning Swedish, and are only integrated into mainstream classes when they achieve a level of fluency.