The Integration Puzzle What a Million Refugees Mean for Everyday Life
Part 11: Germany Will Need 20,000 New Teachers for Refugees
Claudia Bogedan, 40, is president of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder (KMK), the national body representing education ministers for the German federal states.
How are the schools going to manage the refugee crisis, Ms. Bogedan?
The German school system absorbed 325,000 refugee children during 2014 and 2015. The current president of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the German states, Claudia Bogedan, who is also senator for education affairs in the Bremen city-state government, has been dealing with "unprecedented" numbers lately. Numbers like this: Germany will need 20,000 additional teachers in the immediate future. Those teachers will cost 2.3 billion each year -- that is, if they can be found and hired. Germany is currently suffering from a serious shortage of teachers on the labor market. "We need to increase our focus on encouraging career changers to enter into teaching," says Bogedan. There's also a serious lack of teachers qualified to teach German as a second language to foreigners. Many German states have recently begun offering a large number of courses in order to provide professionals with the necessary qualifications because, as
Bogedan notes, "nothing works if (the refugees) don't learn German." Additional support classes are now being offered to newly arrived migrants in elementary schools, and secondary schools in most states have added courses providing German-language training in addition to normal coursework.
The sheer magnitude of the language issue makes another problem suddenly seem minute by comparison -- the fact that children simply need space. In larger cities, many schools are currently placing mobile units in schoolyards. "The situation is much better in the rural areas," says Bogedan, where many schools that had been closed because of shrinking populations are now being slated for reopening.
- Part 1: What a Million Refugees Mean for Everyday Life
- Part 2: Integration 101
- Part 3: Are Refugees More Violent?
- Part 4: Frustration and a Lack of Resources
- Part 5: Teaching Refugees to Swim
- Part 6: 'A Challenge Like No Other'
- Part 7: The Doctor's Advice: Learn German and Be Patient
- Part 8: A 1.5 Billion Burden for the Healthcare System?
- Part 9: Dancing Away Stereotypes and Prejudice
- Part 10: The Midwife's Migraine
- Part 11: Germany Will Need 20,000 New Teachers for Refugees
- Part 12: 'We Need Time'
- Part 13: 'We Will Only Manage This If We Have the Infrastructure'
- Part 14: 'We Will Undergo a Multicultural Transformation'
- Part 15: Refugees at Our Doorsteps
- Part 16: 1.09 Million Refugees Registered in 2015
- Part 17: Policing the Refugee Camps
- Part 18: The Refugee Bill
- Part 19: Integration Will Be a Task for Decades to Come
- Part 20: 'An Open Economy Would Be Unimaginable without Immigration'
- Part 21: BMW Courts Refugees
- Part 22: A Michelin Star and Refugees
- Part 23: 'What Is a Petroleum Technician?'