Posted on 18 March 2022 by CHILD-UP team
The 84th session of the Quality of Childhood Talk, organised by the Alliance for Childhood European Network Group, took place on 15th March 2022 with the main aim of assessing and better understanding the issues affecting the quality of childhood in the European Member States, to enhance values, principles and approaches for the improvement of children’s lives.
The initiative, opened by the speech of the French MEP Sylvie Guillaume and with the participation of Professor Claudio Baraldi, CHILD-UP coordinator, and Ms Mary Tupan representing the Center for Diversity Policy (ECHO), constituted for CHILD-UP one of the very first preparatory events of the project Final Conference.
The CHILD-UP approach was thus presented by Professor Baraldi by exploring the project’s methodologies and results, becoming the core source of reflection of the following open debate.
The interesting exchange among participants during the second part of the event, in fact, highlighted several issues related to the integration processes of children with migrant backgrounds in European educational systems, such as, for instance, the color brave approach, the concept of “otherness”, the knot of generational hierarchies and the language barriers. Particularly this latter issue was identified as key by the CHILD-UP results, often transforming a lack of language support and a monolingual approach in schools into a limit posed to children’s participation and the exercise of agency in education.
CHILD-UP researches into the level of integration of migrant children in Europe and their social condition, with the primary aim of providing support for migrant children’s exercise of agency in changing their own conditions of integration and constructing hybrid identities.