The power of dreams

2008-05-07 00:00

Despite severe disadvantage, migrant children in a KwaZulu-Natal school are achieving way ahead of their peers. A study by myself (School of Education and Development) and Dennis Francis of the School of Social Science Education at the University of Kwa-Zulu-Natal (UKZN) set out to understand the ways in which children from other African countries are included in a Durban state primary school. What we found surprised us.

Most youngsters in our study grew up with French and local African languages, and have had to learn English in the school environment. Parents of the children surveyed often work as car guards or security guards, or are unemployed. And xenophobia is a very real experience, with hostility towards them in public places, especially for their not speaking Zulu.

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