Refugee Children Essay

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Arriving on a foreign shore after witnessing first-hand the terror of war is something no one imagines to experience, however for a growing number of new Australian residents, and therefore students, this is their reality. For refugee children in this situation they also enter an education system which aims to be inclusive and supportive of their learning requirements. The Australian curriculum has been constructed to be inclusive of diversity, incorporating culture, English as second language, socio-economic status and family structure ("ACARA - Student Diversity", 2016). Experiences within curriculum vary for each individual and situation. How the curriculum and education system supports refugee children is something which will be tested …show more content…
This essay will discuss the inclusive perspectives of curriculum and what approaches have been experienced in the attempt to be inclusive from the viewpoint of a child refugee, in particular examining English as a second language, socio-economic factors and …show more content…
This results in trauma. Although trauma is not directly responsible for socio-economic status it does relate in that the result of this trauma, and now refugee status, the child is now reliant on charity or government payments to survive, therefore they do have the low socio-economic status (REFERENCE ****). Many layers of challenges are presented to children who fall under the umbrella of this status and that of educational inequality. Trauma, poverty, language limitations and cultural barriers are some of the concerns raised by the interviewee when in discussion about her educational experiences.

Refugee children have often witnessed things in life which are horrific. This kind of trauma can affect them in varying ways, some of which may result in permanent changes in their emotional and neurological development (Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, 2012, p.2). Extended exposure to chemicals released by the body when in a high state of alertness create this situation where the child may experience an altered neurological state which may be detrimental to the developing brain. As a result, the ability to self-regulate and control their behaviours and emotions can be impaired

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