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Mammaforum wins Aurora network's Diversity and Equality Award

News: Nov 30, 2018

Mammaforum wins the Aurora network’s Diversity and Equality Award 2018. Alma Rauer, lecturer at the department of Swedish and one of the initiators, was in Antwerp to receive the award.

“I’m of course very happy, because this award shows that what we do is relevant, also in a context outside of Sweden. For me, this is an indication that the university actually should do this, and that is not only possible, but also needed,” says Alma Rauer.

Mammaforum is an NGO that works with newly immigrated pregnant women and new mothers in Bergsjön, Gothenburg. These women are often not introduced to the language education provided by the municipalities, since the education calls for presence in a class room during day time. The language barrier can render the women unable to make important decisions about their health and that of their children.

Combines teaching and language skills development

The objective of the project is to enhance the Swedish language skills in this group, and at the same time giving students hands-on experience teaching Swedish as a second language. The students work at Mammaforum alongside their studies and receive supervision from the staff at the department of Swedish.

“It is really quite simple. At the department we know a lot about secondary language learning and multilingualism, the students want to turn their theoretical knowledge into practical ones, and there is a group of women that otherwise wouldn’t be able to learn Swedish,” says Alma Rauer.

A jury with representatives from the Aurora Network’s universities picked Mammaforum as the winner from over 30 nominated projects from 9 universities. The winner gets the opportunity to visit one of the other universities within the Aurora network.

“I don’t know yet which university we are going to visit, but there are a lot of interesting options, “ says Alma Rauer.

 

 

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Originally published on: studentportal.gu.se

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