Reykjavík city hall invited playschool employees of foreign origin to a meeting for the purpose of establishing better cooperation with this growing segment of the workforce.
According to the city’s official website, the meeting was set up to “strengthen the connection with these employees, support them, and utilise better their knowledge of other cultures and languages.”
Teachers in attendance talked about their experiences in the field, offering comments and suggestions, and describing multicultural work that they have done in the schools. The employees came from 12 different countries, and it is reported that those who did not understand Icelandic too well paired up with mother tongue compatriots who did.
The city reports that the meeting went “especially well” and numerous ideas were brought up about multiculturalism in playschool – the Icelandic yule lads, Christmas, upbringing and education were all matters discussed, in order to give the city a better understanding of perspectives from different cultures on these topics.
“Hopefully the future will give us more opportunities for discussions of these kinds, not least of all between Icelandic and foreign playschool employees,” the statement from the city concludes.