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A bilateral meeting between the representatives of Migration department of the Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society and the Baku Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

On the 20th of September 2017, at the invitation of the Baku Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), head of Migration department of the Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society Mammad Katanov and Azerbaijan language teacher of Azerbaijan language course of the National Society for migrants Sona Hajiyeva visited Baku Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and hold a meeting there with program manager of the UNHCR Migena Tane and her assistant Narmin Osmanli.   

The main purpose of the meeting was to discuss innovations in Azerbaijan language course of the National Society for migrants and the results of that course. Further cooperation and support of the Baku Office of the UNHCR to Azerbaijan language course of the National Society was also discussed at the meeting.

Head of Migration department of the AzRC informed program manager of the Baku Office of the UNHCR Migena Tane about activities of his department including activities of Azerbaijan language course of the National Society for migrants. Azerbaijan language teacher Sona Hajiyeva noted that Azerbaijan language course for migrants was started on the 1st of October 2013 at the initiative of President of the AzRC Novruz Aslanov. One of those days the Azerbaijan language course for migrants will start it’s the 5th academic year. Sona Hajiyeva spoke about achievements of Azerbaijan language course in the past academic years as well. Azerbaijan language course teacher Sona Hajiyeva added that migrants’ course attendance and performance were high during the past academic years. They show great interest to Azerbaijan language course of the National Society and learn Azerbaijan language with great pleasure.

In addition, Sona Hajiyeva spoke about some factors which led to delays in admission of migrant children to secondary schools. Among these factors is: non-responsibility of parents. Lack of finances in migrant families influence negatively to children school attendance.

Head of Migration department of the AzRC Mammd Katanov noted that graduates of 9 months Azerbaijan language course receive relevant certificate. Additional 1 month intensive training course has been also organized for migrant children of school age.

Program manager of the Baku Office of the UNHCR Migena Tane expressed her satisfaction with activity of Azerbaijan language course of the AzRC adding that they would discuss providing further support to the course. Migena Tane also gave her proposals on how to make Azerbaijan language course of the National Society more successful for migrants.

During the discussions it was decided to employ another Azerbaijan language teacher for the course taking into account the increased number of course attendants and high workload of the course teacher.

The meeting was very interactive and productive. The representatives of both sides at the meeting have expressed their will to hold such meetings on a regular basis in the future and wished success to each other.

Head of Migration department of the AzRC Mammd Katanov on behalf of the leadership of the Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society thanked program manager of the UNHCR Migena Tane and her assistant Narmin Osmanli for invitation to the meeting and for the opportunity to have opinion sharing.

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