In this series of podcasts we are discussing with people, who have knowledge, insights and experiences about the topic of EMERGenCeS project. We are discussing with scholars, educators, cultural mediators, and teachers who have refugee backgrounds. In this series of podcasts we want to bring up perspectives about refugees and their roles and experiences in the host country educational systems.
Podcast #1 Associate professor Mervi Kaukko, Tampere University, Finland. Mervi Kaukko has researched especially refugee learners and their needs in host country system. She is sharing her thoughts about the roles of teachers and pointing out some structural issues that can affect refugee learners.
Podcast #2 Teacher with refugee background Rahaf Al Mansur. Rahaf Al Mansur is talking about her experiences trying to get into the host country educational system and her experiences with children with diverse backgrounds. She is also sending a message for policy makers.
Podcast #3 – Two education systems, one goal.
Hakan, psychologist with a refugee background shares insights and experiences of the education system in his home country (Turkey) and compares it with the education system his son is currently attending (Flanders, Belgium).
Podcast #4 – Cultural mediator as bridges between cultures.
Devon Ebah is a cultural mediator and musician in Pesaro, Italy. He arrived in Italy as a refugee from Nigeria and his goal now is to facilitate the meeting between cultures through communication, exchange and music.
He shared with us his personal and work experiences, going through migration, decolonization and pedagogy.
Podcast #5 – Language School
Mustafa Uguz is an English teacher and also an entrepreneur. He’s originally from Turkey but he came to France from Mongolia where he was working. After arriving in France he tried to find his place in the education system and the society. In this context, he created his own language school with his wife.
Podcast #6 – Cultural diversity in education
Mustafa Olabi is an English refugee teacher in our country and moreover a person always preoccupied with culture and education, both of himself and of his students. He’s originally from Syria and after he arrived in Romania he tried to find his place in the education system and the society. In this context, he created his own language school with his wife. Thus, he dedicatedly taught Arabic and English to students from various schools, to whom he tried to pass on his passion and openness to multicultural diversity (religious, artistic, etc.).
Podcast #7 – Refugee experience in Romania
Kemal Ceylan is an Turkish refugee teacher in our country, always preoccupied with education, both of himself and of his students. After he arrived in Romania he tried to find his place in the education system and the society. In this context, he started to work in International Computering High-school of Bucharest, as an English teacher. In context of this interview, Mr. Kemal Ceylan expressed, beyond words, what means the refugee experience in Romania.
Podcast #8 – Refugee experience in Belgium
Zeynep Ozer lives in Belgium since 2 years and has a refugee background. She studied Psychology and volunteered for 5 years mentoring high school students with a migration background. Currently she works in an organization that supports refugees and migrants and volunteers mentoring high school girls with a refugee background in Gent.
Podcast #9 – Labor market in Slovenia (integrating refugees in Slovenian labor market)
Mr. Goran Lukic former advisor of the Association of Free Trade Unions of Slovenia, now he is a legal representative of the Counselling Office for Workers. He shared with as some interesting facts and point of view about labor market in Slovenia related to employment of refugees.