Teacher Training Academy for Refugee Students


The recent influx of refugees has challenged municipalities across Europe to find sustainable and cost effective solutions to educate these new arrivals who come from many different parts of the world. The challenges posed for many municipalities are the significant financial, logistical and human resource costs involved in finding adequate teachers and classroom space within their schools for these new arrivals. 


Despite their total commitment, many schools and teachers are struggling to provide effective education to the new arrivals and the refugees and their families are experiencing difficulties sustaining their education within their host communities.


Leveraging the skills and experience gained from training and supporting refugee teachers in Africa, this ICEFIL concept document calls for the establishment of an International Teacher Training Academy to train teachers educating refugees or other mobile and marginalized members of their respective communities.


The International Teacher Training Academy for Refugees (based on this new education model) will train teachers to adapt their training style with the introduction of innovative/blended learning models that enable them to teach their students and support them continuously even if they have moved to another community.  


The Academy program would be facilitated by ‘innovative learning’ (blended learning) to train Teachers teach refugee students and other highly mobile or marginalized members of communities.


It would teach Teachers how to set specific learning objectives for their students within a complete blended learning environment addressing some of these new challenges caused by the new influx of students:

  • Being aware as how recognize, teach and counsel traumatized students in their class as the number of these cases are quite high.
  • Developing individual ‘personalized learning’ involving a mixture of classroom and online learning to effectively cope with overcrowded schools and classrooms that now have huge diversity among the new influx of pupils.
  • Developing additional teaching supports (classroom and online) to many of these new students that do not speak the local language.
  • Developing and applying differentiation to cater to the different and individualized needs of these students who are highly mobile and marginalized and who also need to frequently leave and move-on to other schools and/or local communities.


The Academy would develop specialized teacher training programs catering to the above challenges within the following type of Institutions:

  1. Secondary Education
  2. Higher Education
  3. Adult Education
  4. Special needs Education:  This focus is on the challenges of teaching traumatized children and young adults, in addition to those needing special assistance within their communities.