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Sofyan Aswad: ”Without integration in school, we're all losers”

Kb Mosaik interviewed a number of pupils at Lingenäs school. It was a pleasant experience. The pupils are really fantastic. But what came as a shock to me was the number of pupils with a non-Swedish background.
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Kristianstad • Publicerad 11 juli 2021 • Uppdaterad 11 juli 2021
Sofyan Aswad
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Sofyan Aswad, reporter Kb Mosaik.
Sofyan Aswad, reporter Kb Mosaik.
Foto: Sofyan Aswad

Straight away I began to wonder how these pupils would become integrated in the community. Most of them are immigrants or children of immigrants and their first language is not Swedish.

Considering where the school is situated it is not surprising that the majority of the children have parents who are immigrants. The school is in Näsby, near Gamlegården, which is home to a large number of immigrants, and is a vulnerable area.

Without integration in school, we are all losers.

”Without co-operating with Swedish-speaking pupils they are unable to find a way into Swedish society”
Sofyan Aswad
Official opening of Lingenäs school in August 2019.
Official opening of Lingenäs school in August 2019.
Foto: Tommy Svensson

I discussed this with my colleague Inga-Lill and suggested that the school should not accept pupils with a non-Swedish background. Instead the school should try to encourage parents born in Sweden to enrol their children. Perhaps they prefer to choose schools that are not too close to where they live.

Integration offers the opportunity to build up secure and lasting learning situations, so that more pupils can learn, develop and face the future with confidence.

”It is just not possible to put all the immigrants in one area”
Sofyan Aswad

Inga-Lill said there might be problems with discrimination.

I wondered how these children would become integrated. Without co-operating with Swedish-speaking pupils they are unable to find a way into Swedish society, and they do not learn good Swedish.

Official opening of Lingenäs school in August 2019.
Official opening of Lingenäs school in August 2019.
Foto: Tommy Svensson

At first sight you may think that a decision containing the suspicion of discrimination stems from racism or nationalism. But through time it is to be hoped that everyone understands the good intention behind the decision.

It is just not possible to put all the immigrants in one area, build a school nearby and then expect them and their children to become integrated in society. I believe the question requires a more considered discussion and a responsible policy.

Read Inga-Lill's article on pages 6–8 about the amazing pupils at Lingenäs school.

Rådrum, one of the important centres for people who have recently come to Sweden, is in operation again in Kristianstad, with a new co-ordinator. Read more on page 9.

”There are lots of tips about fun things you can do during the summer”
Sofyan Aswad

Abdelqader Tamim is employed at ISS Facility Services AB. He was attacked by a young man . The prosecutor has not yet been able to bring charges against the assailant. Read more on page 11.

In this issue you can read about Elaf Ali and her new book 'Who said anything about love? Breaking away from honour repression', which describes how she experienced growing up in her parents' home with its honour repression. Read more on page 15.

There are lots of tips about fun things you can do during the summer. Read more on page 12 and 22. We must still keep our distance and take care of one another.

Now the editorial staff at Kb Mosaik are taking a holiday. But we'll be back on the web in August and in the paper edition in September. Until then we wish all our readers a fine summer.