Refugee students are vulnerable. Many have been subject to persecution, violence, war, imprisonment, abuse of their human rights, and have suffered separation and loss. Many do not speak English and many have health issues. Many refugee students, despite their devastating personal experiences, bring with them to school the qualities of resilience, resourcefulness and hope.
The education of refugee students is a huge responsibility for teachers. Teaching students about the refugee experience provides them with a different world-view and a perspective on other people's lives, and illustrates the benefits of the positive qualities of hope, resilience and enterprise.
Reference: Tania Ferfolja, Margaret H. Vickers, Florence McCarthy, Loshini Naidoo and Eric Brace (2011) Crossing Borders: African refugees, teachers and schools, Australian Curriculum Studies Association, Victoria.