Education Minister: 143 refugee children studying at Bulgarian schools

A total of 143 refugee children are studying at Bulgarian schools, caretaker Education Minister Nikolai Denkov told a conference on February 24 2017 on problems and solutions in integration through educational systems.

Twenty-four children were enrolled in kindergartens, Denkov said.

But at the same conference, it emerged that of 1380 unaccompanied child migrants, a total of 972 were not in school.

Children seeking or having international protection need education and vocational training, but also need humaneness and empathy, he said. “And for us as a society, integration is the most reliable protection against their radicalization,” Denkov said.

He said that Bulgaria’s Education Ministry has prepared two important regulations that ensure free education and training in state and municipal kindergartens and schools. These enable children who do not have documentation about the stage of education they have completed to establish their competence for various stages of schooling.

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