Location: Porto Alegre, Brazil
Partners: City of The Hague, Compagnia di San Paolo, ICCO, Oxfam Novib.
date: february 2008
International Workshop organised by The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration within the World Conference on the Development of Cities: Democratic Innovation and Social Transformations for Inclusive Cities for the 21st Century which took place in Porto Alegre, Brazil, in February 2008.
To what extent is education the key to the inclusion and empowerment of all in the city? Is it a required focus for a holistic human rights based approach to personal and collective development in the city? What are the challenges in terms of effective and equal access for refugees and migrant populations? Beyond access, what proactive policies can enable newcomers to overcome barriers (language, school environnment, orientation…)? Which stakeholders should be engaged and which partnerships established ?
These are some of the framing questions which guided the work of The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration within the World Conference on the Development of Cities. Challenges were addressed by participants from Cairo, Johannesburg, Sấo Paulo, Lyon, Turin and The Hague on the basis of their respective experiences in the field of education, human rights and migration. The initiative unveiled pathways to advance the realization of fundamental rights to education and inclusion of all city residents. The initiative received support by UNESCO, by way of its Assistant Director General for Education Mr. N.Burnett.
The key findings from the workshop can be found in the Final Report.