Education can help young migrants integrate into society, learn the local language and develop the skills they will need for the adult world. Unfortunately, their track record in schooling is mixed – some do exceptionally well, but others encounter problems that can hold them back throughout life.
One word will long be associated with the Bracken Educate Together school in Ireland – “emergency”. In a country, where preparations for new schools usually begin at least 12 months – and often many years – in advance, this school was conceived, staffed and opened over just a few weeks in September 2007.
The school, housed to begin with in a summer holiday centre, is different in other ways, ...