Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Refugee Children

Africans who came to Australia a few years ago, as refugees, are making a significant contribution to the intellectual and cultural life of the country. But there are challenges along the way.

Having acquired the English language skills in a relatively short period of time, African teenagers and young adults are making their presence felt in schools and university campuses across the land.

In fact, most have taken to vocational education and training like ducks to water; seeing education as a way out of poverty.

Generally, the perception is that formal education is a good thing – a sure means to an end.

Essentially though, there are several motivational factors at work. The refugees are combining the African spirit of enterprise and survival with the best of what Australia has to offer in the form of formal education and training.
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