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Title: Somali children in the Maltese educational system
Authors: Calleja Ragonesi, Isabelle
Martinelli, Victor
Keywords: Somali students
Immigrants -- Education -- Malta -- Case studies
Education -- Malta
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: University of Malta. Faculty of Education
Citation: Calleja Ragonesi, I., & Martinelli, V. (2013). Somali children in the Maltese educational system. Malta Review of Educational Research, 7(2), 135-173.
Abstract: This paper examines closely the educational needs of one group of sub Saharan African migrant children. The data was collected from a project which focused on these children’s education at the primary school level and examined their level of inclusion and integration into the Maltese school system. Particular attention while collecting this data was given to the cultural, religious and linguistic needs of the participants and their families. This was examined against a wider policy of inclusion and differentiation espoused by those charting the Maltese educational system. Empirical research for the EU has shown that children living in basic income households, whose parents have low qualifications, are unemployed or are at risk of "in work poverty", and/or who come from a migrant or ethnic minority background are much less likely to gain good qualifications themselves at school. In other words, child poverty and educational disadvantage tend to perpetuate a vicious cycle of marginalization. The findings confirmed this assessment, underlining the need for affirmative action, while at the same time affording some hope for social inclusion.
ISSN: 17269725
Appears in Collections:MRER, Volume 7, Issue 2
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