Gross violations of human rights are a consistent experience for people who have arrived in Australia as a consequence of war, persecution and violence. For a significant number of children and young people, disruption to, or lack of, education opportunities pre-arrival in Australia, are some of the many human rights abuses endured by displaced people around the world.
In this context, a school community with the capacity to engage with the parents and carers of students from refugee backgrounds will improve the educational outcomes for these students, and greatly enhance recovery and resettlement processes for people through the inherent acknowledgement of people’s human rights that accompanies this practice.
Subsequently, Foundation House has focused this edition of our schools newsletter on strategies and practice that promote and support engagement between parents and carers from refugee backgrounds, and the schools and school communities where their children are enrolled.
The Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture Inc. (2014). Document name: Newsletter: Parent Engagement.