EU: COMECE/KEK WORKSHOP ON EDUCATION, DENOUNCING THE "WHITE FLIGHT" PHENOMENON

"Education is key to the social inclusion of immigrants in Europe. The available plans and success stories should be spread and subsidised". This is the conclusion drawn by the Dialogue Workshop that ended in Brussels yesterday, organised by the European Commission, Comece (Commission of EU’s Bishops Conference) and the "Church and Society" Commission of Kek (Conference of European Churches). Promoted as part of 2008, the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue, the workshop was focussed on "Quality education in an intercultural environment”. The guests discussed the benefits of cultural diversity and the challenges that a multicultural society throws at the educational systems. "Education – states a release – is key to social inclusion. However, many schools across Europe are now grappling with the ‘White flight’ phenomenon. This happens when the parents of the original population of the country take their children out of the schools where the majority of students are immigrants. The educational institutions must fight this phenomenon and become places for safe, welcoming and inclusive learning". MEP Jan Figel too attended the workshop.

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