HringÞing: a conference regarding immigrants and education at the pre-school, primary, secondary and the tertiary school levels; including continuing education.

The HringÞing will be held at Rúgbrauðsgerðin in Reykjavík, Iceland, on September 14, 2012.


  • To create a forum for those who are involved in immigrant education.
  • To assess the situation of immigrants at all levels of education.
  • To help prioritize projects in the development of immigrant education.
  • To become acquainted with exemplary projects in immigrant education at all school levels.
  • To identify the priority projects for national and municipal agendas.


Immigrant representatives, teachers, administrators, policy makers and others who are connected to pre-school, primary, secondary and tertiary school levels; including continuing education.

The HringÞing conference is open to all, and free of charge. School workers, parents, students and other interested parties are encouraged to register at the earliest opportunity, as the number of participants is limited.

Presentation of exemplary projects

Participants are given the opportunity to present interesting, practical projects connected to immigrant education. Information on these projects should be received before August 24, 2012.


8.00 Registration and Coffee
08.30 Opening and keynote address from the Minister of Education and Culture
08.45 Discussions about the influence of public discourse, point of view and prejudice on opportunities for education
Moderator – Þórhallur Gunnarsson
10.00 Coffee break
10.20 Marketplace of best practices, presentations of exemplary and practical projects in immigrant education
12.00 Lunch
12:30 Discussion about teacher education and immigrants
Moderator – Ingvar Sigurgeirsson
13.45 Seminar on the most important educational issues faced by immigrants; assessment of the current situation; and important measures
Supervised by the Ministry of Education and Culture
Coffee break (part of the seminar)
15.30 Synopsis, and looking to the future
15.45 Closing address by the Minister of Welfare
16.00 Close