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Refugee kids start school in Germany

Friday, September 11, 2015 - 01:28

With hundreds of refugee and migrant families arriving in Germany every day, officials are trying to help the children by enrolling them in ''welcome classes''. Nathan Frandino reports.

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With the help of pieces of chalk, these refugee children are learning their colors in German. These newcomers are enrolled in so-called "welcome classes". Teacher Kai-Felix Von Maikowski says they want to start the kids early. (SOUNDBITE) (German) TEACHER, KAI-FELIX VON MAIKOWSKI, SAYING: "Our intention is to quickly transfer to regular classes those children who after a short period of time speak very good German." And so far they're making progress. (SOUNDBITE) (German) SYRIAN REFUGEE CHILD, SHAHD, SAYING: "My name is Shahd. I am 11 years old. I come from Syria." Germany is expecting more than 800,000 new refugees this year. Many come from Syria, Iraq and beyond and don't speak German. Chancellor Angela Merkel says the classes are invaluable to integrating the children. (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN CHANCELLOR, ANGELA MERKEL, SAYING: "It is worth making an effort for every single child. There is so much enthusiasm among the children and so much readiness to learn and we want to give them a good future." And after getting this far from the conflict these kids left behind, a good future is exactly what many are hoping to achieve.

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Refugee kids start school in Germany

Friday, September 11, 2015 - 01:28