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New school year for children in the asylum procedure

Currently, 841 school-age children are in the process of applying for international protection in Poland. They attend 126 public schools on the same terms as Polish children. The vast majority started the new year of education in primary schools. All foreigners were informed about the applicable recommendations and limitations related to the state of the epidemic.

According to the Office for Foreigners, 361 school-age children live in the centers for foreigners applying for international protection. Most of them reside in facilities in Białystok, Łuków and Bezwola. The majority are citizens of Russia (591), Ukraine (82) and Tajikistan (58).

Taking into considerationa a year of birth, children undergoing the asylum procedure are classified mainly for primary school education - 609 people. Moreover, 152 people can start education in secondary schools and 80 people in pre-school preparation (the so-called kindergarten).

Foreigners received, in languages ​​that they understand, information on compliance with the recommendations of Chief Sanitary Inspectorate, Ministry of National Education and the Ministry of Health in relation to the current state of epidemic. All children were also equipped with protective masks.

The Office provides Polish language lessons, as well as classes to prepare newly arrived students to study in Polish schools. In addition, UdSC provides students with textbooks and the so-called school layettes. Polish language lessons, which take place in the centers for foreigners, are conducted by the language school. It employs qualified teachers experienced in learning Polish as a foreign language. The teacher conducting the classes stays in contact with the schools children attend to exchange information on the progress and possible issues in learning.

At the request of the Office, a Polish language teaching program was also developed along with methodological solutions for children starting their compulsory education in Poland. As part of it, a teacher's handbook was prepared containing lesson plans and educational materials for children. The program takes into account the specific communication needs of children seeking international protection. It also takes into account the age diversity of the participants.

Children who are not Polish citizens, but who are subject to compulsory education and have little knowledge of the Polish language, are entitled to assistance provided by intercultural assistant - a person who knows the language of the child's country of origin, employed as a teacher's assistant. District schools for children living in centers for foreigners may also organize preparatory units.

Source of information the Office for Foreigners. 

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