OECD report examines policies that to help provide better opportunities and outcomes for migrant students
Successful integration of immigrants in OECD societies is not only a matter of providing equal opportunities to all residents, it is also a social and economic necessity. Learning the host country language is clearly essential but it is not enough. In a time of economic crisis, providing migrant children with quality educational opportunities so that they can succeed in realising their full potential is vital for social cohesion and overall economic growth.
But how do governments justify spending time on resources on migrant children when their overall education system is under pressure? Many policy recommendations released by the latest OECD report on migrant education provide some tools on how to improve education for migrants without additional funding.
The disconnect between school and home worlds is often is a barrier to a child’s academic success. For a child who speaks a different language at home and at school, increased parental and community involvement can help bridge the gap between school and home life. At a different level, being able to track, use, and evaluate data in schools can vastly improve the efficiency of resources spent on migrant education programs. These are but a few examples provided.