Reclaiming Schools as Spaces of Hope for Students from Asylum Seeking and Refugee Backgrounds
Venue: IEUA-QNT Brisbane Office, 346 Turbot Street, Spring Hill
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Contact: Michaela Brittain
P: 07 3839 7020
This panel discussion will discuss inclusive education practices that are essential to supporting students from migrant and refugee backgrounds. Panellists will consider the roles of schools and teachers in building solidarities and inspiring hope.
Panellists will discuss some national and international research into what can be done to maintain an ethical attitude that draws on an ethos of ‘care for the self’. Targeted and well-resourced policies and research-informed pedagogies require persistent advocacy and alliance-building between educators, parents and broader civil society groups. The session will conclude with a discussion on how a whole-of- school approach can be sustained to support socially just education for all.
- Dr Ravinder Sidhu (School of Education, University of Queensland). At the age of 14, Ravinder moved to Western Australia as a migrant from Southeast Asia. This background and a decade of practice in community and statutory social work has inspired her research into national education systems and their capacities to inspire hope under contemporary conditions of globalisation.
- Jessica Walker (Deputy Principal, Yeronga State High School). In 2015 when asylum seeker student Mojgan Shamsalipoor was removed from school and placed in detention in Darwin, Jessica played a key role in campaigning for, and securing, Mojgan’s release from detention. Jessica was nominated in last year’s Queensland College of Teachers Awards in recognition of her work to support asylum seeker and refugee students.
- Carolyn Nelson (Teacher, Trinity College). Carolyn has worked extensively with students from non-English speaking backgrounds. She has previously taught at the Oscar Romero Centre and University of Delhi. Carolyn is experienced in engaging students from diverse backgrounds and achieving positive results. She holds a Graduate Diploma is ESL and is currently studying a Master’s Degree.