A Refugee From The Democratic Republic Of Congo Essay

1438 Words Dec 13th, 2016 6 Pages
Belvie Mabika came to America as a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). With her she brought many strengths, academically and socially, however, these strengths might not be tapped into until we move past some of her barriers and continue to build upon her linguistic knowledge. Belvie came to America when she was 11 years old and was immediately enrolled in a 5th grade class, however, when she arrived here she only had the equivalent of a 2nd grade education, with a few spotty lessons from teachers in the refugee camp. It is important to note here though, that Belvie was not uneducated out of her own free will. Rather she was forced out of her home and school by war. Therefore, we cannot assume that she is unintelligent, emotionally at peace, or socially aware (of American culture, or of how the culture has developed in the DRC). Through study and analysis from teachers and counselors of Belvie we have managed to identify many of her strengths and weaknesses. Beginning in 6th grade, though Belvie needed a tutor to help her grasp the content of many of the lessons, this was not because she was not bright, she simply didn’t have the language skills to fully understand what her teacher was saying. Due to this (among other reasons), when Belvie did not have her tutor, she tended to “zone out” in class. Other possible factors for Belvie’s tendency to zone out in class are that she has a learning style that was different from the way her teacher was delivering…

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