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Helping immigrant students through school

Published tisdag 1 november 2016 kl 14.56
Teacher: I just want to make them feel comfortable.
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Alban Ahmeti (left) and Mikael Brafango at the School Forum conference outside of Stockholm. Photo: Spenser Bomholt/SR
Alban Ahmeti (left) and Mikael Brafango at the School Forum conference outside of Stockholm. Photo: Spenser Bomholt/SR

Following Monday's report on secondary schooling, Radio Sweden went to the School Forum conference to ask teachers what they think best helps young newcomers to be successful.

Alban Ahmeti and Mikael Brafango are teachers in Sweden and both of them have personal and professional experience when it comes to educating young newcomers. They said that focusing on these students learning Swedish is only part of the solution.

“It is not only Swedish first,” said Brafango. “They must learn their mother language then it will be easier for them to learn Swedish and English.”

Minister of Upper Secondary and Adult Education Anna Ekström said yesterday that Sweden needs to hire more teachers to get these young immigrants up to standard so they can be successful in their educations here. From Ahmeti’s perspective, it is more about teachers needing to learn how to best educate these students.

“Some of the teachers are stuck now. They are used to teaching Swedish to people who people who speak Swedish so they are making things too hard for them (the immigrant students) but don't know how to make it easier,” he said. 

Ahmeti’s parents came to Sweden as refugees from Kosovo and Brafango was granted asylum in Sweden after fleeing Somalia. Both think that these experiences give them a unique understanding of what these students are going through.

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