A new education scheme at the University of Potsdam in Brandenberg, close to Berlin, will help integrate migrants by giving them the opportunity to teach in German schools according to one refugee student at the university.

Refugees have a tough time adjusting to life in Germany, partly because there are over 4,000 migrant children in the state of Brandenderg alone that are required to go to German schools and there are not enough teachers to deal with the influx of new students.  There are however a remarkable number of migrants in Germany who used to be teachers in their home countries.

The University of Potsdam saw this congruity as a chance to implement a course that would grant 15 talented migrant teachers the opportunity to learn German and in turn the national curriculum, thereby qualifying them to teach in the national school system. Because over 700 migrants appealed for this scheme, the university increased the number of available places on the course to 75.

The Vice President for the University of Potsdam believes that migrant students will benefit from having teachers who can use their “cultural similarities” to bond with one another. It will also help alleviate the labour shortage that is presently effecting German industry and give refugees the chance to thrive in the largest economy in Europe.

At this time, after over one million refugees have inhabited Central Europe’s most powerful country, there is growing social and political unrest in Europe regarding the migrant ‘crisis’. Since the barbaric Cologne attacks orchestrated by a handful of refugees, it has become important for the German chancellor to demonstrate new ways of dealing with her new countrymen.

Students at the University of Potsdam believe so strongly in the Potsdam scheme that they think it should be introduced to other universities and extended to cover other areas in which refugees can make a positive societal impact.