Rutu Roundtable Utrecht
Multilingual Education for Migrant Children in Europe: New Approaches
Hosted by Utrecht University
Since the 1950s a compelling body of evidence has been accumulated to demonstrate that educating children in their mother languages in school leads to better educational and social outcomes, including better and faster learning of the main language of host countries.
Yet, multilingual curricula, leveraging the benefits of mother tongue support, are few and far between.
Instead emphasis has been placed on ensuring that migrant children master the official language to the detriment of their home languages. As a result, there continues to be a large gap between the educational achievements of migrant children, both first and second generation, and those of their native peers.
The fact is that multilingual classrooms are the reality today, especially in urban areas. New approaches have emerged across Europe which demonstrate that it is entirely feasible to overcome the practical challenges to mother tongue-based multilingual education that are often highlighted as show stoppers.
With exciting results: students’ self-confidence grows, they remain interested in learning, they develop multilingual abilities, stay in school longer, and stand a greater chance of fulfilling their educational potential. Enabling them to make greater contributions to the societies in which they live.
On 6 November 2015, the Rutu Foundation with the University Utrecht organized a Roundtable on Multilingual Education for Migrant Children in Europe.
Read the report.
Background reading: What is mother tongue education?
The Rutu Roundtable was organized to bring together policy-makers, researchers, practitioners, donor agencies and other stakeholders from around Europe to share new approaches and discuss the opportunities and barriers to introducing mother tongue based multilingual education for migrant children in Europe.
The Roundtable served also as the starting point for a new collaboration between the Rutu Foundation, Utrecht University and the Teacher Training Institute of Suriname (CPI) on strengthening teacher competences in multilingual education and cultural diversity.
During the day the Rutu Foundation shared its new five year strategic plan (the Rutu Roadmap) for advancing mother tongue based education in Europe and beyond.
Christian Teacher Training Institute (CPI) Suriname
New International School Esprit (DENISE)
Dutch Education Worldwide (NOB)
Language Center City of Gothenburg
MAD (Mothers Against Discrimination)
Nik-Nak multilingual books
PvdA (Labour Party Netherlands)
Rubia Dutch Conversation
Teachers College Windesheim Flevoland
University of Leuven
Utrecht City Council
University of Applied Sciences Utrecht
VVOB (Flemish Association for Development Cooperation)
THE RUTU ROADMAP
Ellen-Rose Kambel, Rutu Foundation
Rahzeb Choudhury, Lifelong Inspiration
LANGUAGE LEARNING AND TEACHING IN MULTILINGUAL CLASSROOMS
Ana-Maria Stan, European Commission
REINVENTING THE CLASSROOM: THE CHALLENGE OF A GLOBALIZED EUROPE
Emmanuelle Le Pichon, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
DEVELOPING RESOURCES FOR MULTILINGUAL CLASSES IN BELGIUM
Orhan Agirdag, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands/University of Leuven, Belgium
LANGUAGE POLICY FOR MIGRANT CHILDREN IN SWEDEN
Amor Segerhammar and Ann-Charlotte Karnermo, Language Center, Gothenburg, Sweden
HOW CAN WE PROFIT FROM MULTILINGUALISM? GOOD PRACTICES FROM THE EU-LUCIDE PROJECT
Jacomine Nortier, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
MULTILINGUALISM IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR
Joël Sigling, AVB Translations, The Netherlands
MULTILINGUALISM IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR (video)
Akin Alan, Manz Legal, Utrecht, The Netherlands