Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Education

Educational Needs and Barriers for African Refugee Students in Manitoba

Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Education

Educational Needs and Barriers for African Refugee Students in Manitoba

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This study investigated the educational needs and barriers for diverse African refugee students in two inner-city high schools in Manitoba. Forty African refugee students, two principals, eight teachers, four parents, and four community leaders participated in the study. Five focus groups, individual interviews, and school and classroom observations were used to collect data. Results revealed that academic, economic, and psychosocial challenges facing African refugee students adversely affected their ability to integrate and cope well in school, thereby significantly reducing their socioeconomic opportunities. Policy implications and urgent reform measures such as forgiveness of refugee resettlement loans and better housing in safer neighbourhoods are suggested.

Key words: War-affected African refugee students educational needs, educational barriers, refugee student support programs, social integration and educational success

Dans cet article, l'auteure analyse les besoins en education et les difficultes des eleves refugies venant du continent africain et frequentant deux ecoles secondaires situees dans des quartiers pauvres au Manitoba. Quarante eleves africains, tous des refugies, deux directeurs d'ecole, huit enseignants, quatre parents et quatre leaders communautaires ont participe a cette etude. …

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