Education, Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Education, Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Paperback Education as a Humanitarian Response

Edited by Lala Demirdjian

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  • Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation
  • Format: Paperback | 216 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 232mm x 12mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 9 February 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1441136274
  • ISBN 13: 9781441136275
  • Illustrations note: black & white tables
  • Sales rank: 801,016

Product description

This title offers a global exploration of formal and non-formal education provision to refugees and asylum seekers in refugee camps, and in schools and universities of host countries. What is the relationship between education and those seeking asylum or refuge? What is the impact of education being marginalized during conflict situations? Drawing on international research in numerous countries, including Thailand, North Korea, Lebenon, Africa, the USA and the UK, the contributors consider, conceptually and empirically, the provision of education to refugees and asylum seekers in their homeland or in host countries, analyzing the internal and external factors affecting educational provision during and after emergencies. Each chapter contains a summary of the key points and issues within the chapter to enable easy navigation, key contemporary questions to encourage you to actively engage with the material and an annotated list of suggested further reading to support you to take your exploration further. A companion website supports the text and provides updates and additional resources. This series presents an authoritative, coherent and focused collection of texts to introduce and promote the notion of education as a humanitarian response as a prime function of educational activity. The series takes a holistic interpretation of education, dealing not only with formal schooling and other systemic provisions in the mainstream, but rather with educational reality - teaching and learning in whatever form it comes at any age.

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Author information

Lala Demirdjian is a researcher focusing on the Palestinian refugee education in Lebanon. She has worked as a consultant for The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Lebanon, and the National Association for Vocational Training and Social Services (NAVTSS) and, as a campaign coordinator, for the Welfare Association, Lebanon. She is currently engaged in a Teacher Exchange Program and teaches in a community school, in Boston, USA.

Review quote

'This is a very timely book. With social/political convulsions taking place more frequently in Third World countries these last two decades, the number of refugees and asylum seekers is on the rise. This makes it incumbent upon educators and policy makers to give more attention to the needs of this special category of people. The more we understand what these needs are, across the different countries and cases, the more likely that our help and assistance will become meaningful. This book and the cases it reports are a significant contribution in this direction.' Munir Bashshur, Professor of Education, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

Table of contents

Series Editor's Preface Colin Brock; Introduction: Education, Refugees and Asylum Seekers - A Global Overview Lala Demirdjian; 1. The Educational Life Histories of a Group of North Korean Defector University Students in South Korea Candice Kay Lee; 2. Refugee education in Thailand: displacement, dislocation and disjuncture Su-Ann Oh; 3. The Provision of Education in the Palestinian Refugee Camps, in Lebanon Lala Demirdjian; 4. Non-Formal Education as a Means of Supporting the Well-Being of Resettled Refugees: Case Studies of Community Approaches in Denver, Colorado, USA Janet Shriberg, Susan Downs-Karkos, Stacey Weisberg; 5. Refugees and Education in Kent, England James Dada; 6. Century Learning: the role of community cohesion in refugee education Megan McCorriston; Conclusion.