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Knowing Me, Knowing You: Local-level Policy: Children's Centres – Policy Report

The Wonder Foundation invited young people from the UK, Spain and Slovenia to use their creativity, ingenuity, and expertise to develop and submit policy ideas to facilitate migrant integration. This was part of our Erasmus+ funded programme, 'Knowing Me, Knowing You', which has encouraged young people to think about how to make migrants feel more welcome in Europe. They came up with three policy ideas which have been adapted to the situation in each country.

The local-level policy proposal sought to improve Sure Start Children’s Centres; an initiative designed in 1998 to tackle social deprivation by providing services specific to the needs of the local community. This policy shows why it would be an investment to revitalise these centres and utilise the existing infrastructure to provide universal English language learning classes. Learning the local language is absolutely essential for community cohesion and migrants’ social and economic mobility. The classes would be supported through the help of volunteers and by creating partnerships between educational organisations and the third sector.

UK Version       Spain Version       Slovenia Version

If you support the idea, we invite you to share it with your local councillors, MP or MEP and distribute widely! Our work with young people has repeatedly demonstrated the importance of getting involved, and the ability of everyone to make a difference.