Assistant teacher program for asylum seekers

Assistant teacher program for asylum seekersEdit

The assistant teacher program for asylum seekers is the proposal to use the Wikiversity assistant teacher program as an educational program for asylum seekers and refugees.

A premise is that asylum seekers without sufficient secondary education can be obligated to participate in the program for several years after entering a country. Participating asylum seekers can receive a student loan in order to be able to pay tuition fees but with the concession to repay the student loan only according to capability.

A further sensible obligation appears to be that asylum seekers could have to accept work assignments during and after the educational program as teaching assistants in the country of residence but with the personal option of international mobility, both as preparation and as measure to allow repayment of the tuition fees.

Asylum seekers who have successfully received a better education may be able and willing to migrate to other countries, potentially freeing resources for other participants. The rationale is that teachers from developed countries, who may be unwilling to live in one of the least developed countries for several years [1] , could teach participants from developing countries who may then be capable to make a living and contribute to the development of a developing country, possibly as teaching assistants, primary school teachers or even as middle school teachers. A school implementing the program could hire participants as teaching assistants after the training but demand a degree of international mobility.

Work as a teacher could also include work as a private teacher or internet tutor/mentor.[2] A rationale for the furthered integration of asylum seekers and refugees (or migrants in general) in schools can be the promotion of intercultural competence of the school as organization and community.

Asylum seekers in Germany often lack a work permit but could/can attend a school (e.g. folk high school and Abendgymnasium).


"Mentoring is a tool for helping children and youth succeed in life. Although nearly 17.6-million young Americans need or want a mentor, only about three million are in formal, high-quality mentoring relationships. That means nearly 15-million young people (in the USA) are still in need today." w:MENTOR


  1. Even the German University in Cairo reported 2005 difficulties in the recruitment of qualified personnel from Germany. (Source: German Wikipedia)
  2. Examples for E-tutoring are eTandem, TutorVista, LearnMatics, Growing Stars, Learnissimo and others.

External linksEdit