Talking about migration in Latvian classrooms

Migration Matters
Jun 7, 2018 · 9 min read
Agnese leading a classroom activity in a teacher-training workshop in Riga

More than 80% of the population is against immigration from non-EU countries.

We wanted to work directly with the teachers instead of just putting these materials online.

Teamwork during a teacher-training workshop in Riga

A nationalist party calling our work “immigration propaganda” shows how easy it is to manipulate society’s opinion on what our work is.

We encourage teachers not to take a side and to actually say that they don’t have to.

Providus researcher Rasmuss Filips Geks leading a “mapping personal migration” classroom activity

Speaking of personal experiences helps us show that the migration process is something normal.

Teachers watching a Migration Matters video lecture during training

Our short-term goal is that Latvian teachers become more open to talking about migration and are not afraid to address these politically sensitive issues in class.

The main lesson for me was to tone down my positivity and to empathize with those who are still afraid or aren’t sure what migration means.

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