Webinar “Native Language Education for Migrant Children: Review of International Norms” will be held on Saturday, October 29th.
When it comes to educating migrant children, emphasis is placed only on Japanese language education for integration into Japanese society, and the right to learn their native languages, including their mother tongue and the official language of the countries of origin, tends to be neglected. The “Convention on the Rights of the Child” stipulates that all children have the right to receive an education that respects the language and culture of the countries of origin and calls on the contracting states to implement it. In Japan, however, such opportunities are rarely provided by the central and local governments. In this seminar, we will learn about the international norms referring to native language education of migrant children and consider the roles of the governments of migrants’ sending and receiving countries in this regard.