On 24 April 2019, a representative of the Know How Center for the Alternative Care for Children, NBU, took part in the national meeting, ‘SIRIUS: Positive Development and Steps Towards Educational Integration of Refugee Children: Good Practices from Bulgaria and Europe’. The meeting was organized by the Multi Kulti Collective, the Ministry of Education and Science, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The event brought together representatives from all stakeholders in the field of educational integration of refugee children: policy makers, refugee and parent organizations, schools, state agencies, international organizations, NGOs, and research centres. They exchanged good practices at European and national levels on the following topics:
● School-aged unaccompanied minors and asylum-seekers
● Interaction between schools and NGOs
● Developing the capacity of teachers to work with refugee children
● Raising the motivation of the parents of refugee children for their inclusion in education
The Know How Center's work with unaccompanied children and young people on the project ‘To fulfil (im)possible dreams’ was presented together with a representative from the State Agency for Refugees. Participants showed great interest in the approach developed and applied by the KHC with this group of young people. The model, findings and results of the work were unanimously recognized by the participants as innovative for Bulgaria.
The SIRIUS Migration Policy Network brings together key migration and education stakeholders across Europe, including politicians, researchers, practitioners and migrant communities. SIRIUS implements knowledge transfer and influences policy development to help students of migrant background achieve the same educational standards as their local peers. The event was co-funded by the European Union under the SIRIUS 2.0 project – Migrants Education Policy Network.