Bilingual Corner 2021

Sense of Belonging in Students from Refugee Backgrounds

Children and adolescents under the age of 18 years old make up over half of all individuals from refugee backgrounds worldwide (Children, n.d.). These children and adolescents have endured untold hardships, and the risk of abuse, neglect, violence, exploitation, trafficking or military recruitment, does not end upon resettlement (Children, n.d.). Host countries such as Canada, have a responsibility to consider the unique cognitive, social and emotional needs of developing children and adolescents being resettled in their communities, and one way to do so is through education (Conventions on the Rights of the Child, 2015). Education acts as a stabilizing force in the lives of children and adolescents from refugee backgrounds by protecting them from recruitment into armed groups, sexual exploitation and child marriage; by creating community resilience; and by empowering them with the skills and knowledge necessary to live meaningful lives (Education, n.d.). Read more here.