In school for the first time
More than 52,000 migrant children go to school in France. Many of them struggle with the language in their new country. To help them, the government has put in place transition classes known as UPE2A (“pedagogical units for arriving foreign-language children”). In these classes, kids are able to improve their French-language skills and get used to the French public school system.
The aim is to enable the students to catch up, allowing them to integrate into regular classes in just a few short months.
InfoMigrants went to Val d’Oise, a department north of Paris, to check out how the system works.