DBI at the Policy Conference of SIRIUS 2.0 Policy Network

The DBI Executive Secretary and our current DBI Trainee participated in the 4th edition of the SIRIUS 2.0 project’s Policy Conference and General Assembly, on the 10th and 11th February 2022. The Policy Conference took place in a hybrid format both in Brussels and on Zoom the 10th February, followed by the General Assembly on the 11th.

On the first day, the Policy Conference addressed the question: “How do we create sustainable and impactful policy change for inclusive education for migrants?”. We had the chance to listen to the speakers contributions to the issue, among them: Gyula Cserey from the Commission DG EAC that addressed on the European Commission’s action plans such as the European Education Area etc; MEP Salima Yenbou on the difference between inclusion and integration, building on the French schools’ model for receiving migrant children; Bistra Ivanova from Bulgaria that addressed on the education challenges in the school context, underlining the importance of the social and emotional support for children and also of the multistakeholder dialogue; finally, Angelika Aroni, from the Greek Ministry of Migration and Asylum, that spoke about the Greece commitment as a reception country and the evidence-based successful achievements at national level;.

During the second half of the Conference the participant split towards the various breakout rooms focusing on specific topics such as: Peer Learning; how can EU foster active learning; How, what and why of undertaking national educational research to inform inclusive education for migrants and Innovative and inspiring funding; how can cities make a difference in migrant education.

On the second day, in the framework of the General Assembly, the participants had the chance to summarize what has been discussed the previous day during the conference and collecting feedbacks, proposals and suggestions for past and future actions, through a Q&A time. At the heart of this exchange Peer Learning Activities played a key role: participants brainstormed together and looked at the results of the past years’ workshops and activities, leading to the conclusion that keeping exchanging between all the SIRIUS partners is essential in order to learn from each other and thinking how PLAs should be strengthened and adapted to currently challenges. Approaching to the end of the General Assembly, we have been updated on administrative matters, addressed to the 2.0 Work Packages Quality Review and the SIRIUS Communication Plan.

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