French-Algerian writer opposes separate classes for immigrants in Italian schools

Renowned French-Algerian writer Malika Mokeddem has stated that she opposes the Italian government’s move to introduce separate classes for immigrant children, saying that it would ghettoize them, and “gives the children a bad self-image” in addition to sending a negative image of Italy. Mokkedem said that the children need to integrate, and do so not by separating – but by urging children to “jump in the deep end and (start) socializing.” Mokeddem was in the southern Italian town of Otranto to receive the 2008 Grinzane Terra D’Otranto prize for literature.

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