February 18, 2020
In the Swedish municipality of Ronneby, the majority of children in six of nine preschools do not speak Swedish as a first language, with one school seeing most children speaking Arabic.
Around 60 to 89 per cent of the children attending the six preschools speak another language as their mother tongue with the Skogsgläntans preschool seeing the majority of children speaking Arabic, fueling fears of segregation in the municipality.
Monica Berggren, the rector of Skogsgläntans preschool, said that language issues can be a problem when conflicts arise, while teacher Camilla Widerström added that it was difficult for teachers to understand the children or have the children understand them, Sveriges Radio reports.
The manager of preschools in the municipality Ingela Berg added that the preschools are largely in areas that have seen high numbers of newly arrived immigrants.
The Arabic language has seen a surge in popularity in Sweden in recent years in the wake of the 2015 migrant crisis, with Arabic language courses becoming more popular in the country than English or French courses in 2018.
This article was posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 6:25 am