Welcome to Learn to Change – Change to learn (L2C)

Our association is composed of researchers and practitioners, teachers, teacher educators, psychologists, school heads, journalists, administrators, policy makers, youth workers. We provide services and opportunities for learning and for reflecting on educational practices, school and workplace learning, collective intelligence and collaborative learning.

We issue a blog entry on the 10th, 20th, and 30th of the month to which we invite you to subscribe and share. Our goal is to create reflection and discussion around topics that are of value and important to learning and openness to change: change in perceptions, understandings and practices. Our blog aims to provides our readers and members with resources to re-think how learning happens in groups, classes, work teams, institutions and organisations. 

Pascale Mompoint-Gaillard, President of L2C


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Refugees, Migrant Learners and Families

Today, our first blog entry focuses on refugees and migrant learners and their families and how educational teams can best welcome and serve these individuals and families.
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As numbers of refugee and migrant people have come to Europe, educators are confronted with challenges in their day-to-day classroom experiences. Many educators and teachers want to act constructively but are not sure where to start.

We* have produced a handy toolbox that focuses on this essential question:

How can teachers welcome refugees into their classrooms with confidence and dignity, in a spirit of equity?

This excellent educational tool aims to helps educators to teach better in classrooms where refugees and migrants are present. Ultimately the toolbox aims to support educators to prepare and maintain a classroom that is accepting, open and communicative for all learners.



With the help of the toolbox, you can expect to:

  • Reflect on why it is important for educators to act constructively;
  • Understand the challenges faced by both migrant children (who must adapt to an entirely new environment) and local children (who may experience difficulties adjusting to newcomers);
  • Gain insight into the many positive attributes of migrant communities;
  • Identify critical areas for action in the classroom (e.g. exploring common values and coping with emotions) and way to go about it (e.g. addressing basic needs);
  • Look into ways educators can build empathy in the classroom, such as exploring issues around identity; raising awareness of stereotypes; developing tolerance, respect and acceptance; cultivating curiosity; and inspiring action and social change;
  • Develop values and competences that inspire a democratic culture  (Transversal Attitudes, Skills and Knowledge – TASKs);
  • Incorporate innovative teaching techniques (like images, narratives and simulations) to enrich lessons;
  • Find plenty of extra resources – including inspiring quotes and videos, as well as publications – to complement your teaching.

The tool is extensive and you should feel free to take it bit by bit, if not all at once. We hope it will be useful for you and that you will share it widely in your networks. We are available to answer your questions and engage with you in the conversation. 

* L2C (learntochange.eu ) and the Council of Europe Pestalozzi Programme’s (http://www.coe.int/en/web/pestalozzi) Community of Practice)

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