Wiesbaden (dpa/lhe) - For a better integration of refugee Ukrainian children and young people in Hesse's schools, the student council is calling for more low-threshold offers outside of the classroom. This could be sports, making music together or simply an opportunity for conversations during the breaks, said state school spokeswoman Jessica Pilz on Friday in Wiesbaden. The integration of the refugees in the schools is only hesitantly successful, among other things because of the language barriers.
The schools must create opportunities for all students to meet, said Pilz. It is also unfavorable that the language classes for the newcomers are often spatially separated from the other classes. This creates additional distance, Pilz argued.
School spokesman Julian Damm said that many Ukrainian young people and children are not very willing to learn German because they actually want to go back to their homeland as soon as possible. He suggested teaching the older students from Ukraine English. They learned this language at the schools in their home country. According to von Damm, refugees could possibly take part in bilingual classes together with German young people.