On 24th 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 of all stakeholders in the field of educational integration of refugee children - policy makers, refugee and parent organizations, schools, state agencies, international organizations, NGOs, research centers and they exchanged good practices at European and national level on the following topics:
● Unaccompanied minors and asylum-seekers at a school age
● Interaction between the school 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 work of the Know How Center's team with unaccompanied children and young people on project "To fulfill (im)possible dreams" was presented together with a representative of the State Agency for Refugees. Participants in the meeting showed great interest in the approach developed and applied by the KHC in working 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.