A MODEL OF EDUCATION FOR IMMIGRANT CHILDREN

(L to R) Cristina Igoa, Zarmina Kochi,  Rosario Campos, Karen Cadeiro- Kaplan, Jean Shinoda Bolen

(L to R) Cristina Igoa, Zarmina Kochi, Rosario Campos, Karen Cadeiro- Kaplan, Jean Shinoda Bolen

One of the constant concerns of migrant advocates is that of children who are largely invisible in destination country policy. Many NGOs try to provide services, including collaboration with state and local education systems. Educators are constantly making efforts to further understand how to assist immigrant children to adjust, learn and thrive in an school setting. Two successful immigrant students (Rosario, 12 years old, and Zarmina, a college graduate) testify to the methods used by author and teacher, Dr. Cristina Igoa. Cristina respects student cultures and their pace and so moves students from alienation and fear of their new environment to excitement and enthusiasm about learning and looking forward to a career. Says Rosario: “I can’t decide if I want to become a cancer researcher or a lawyer when I grow up.” Cristina’s book is entitled The Inner World of the Immigrant Child.

 

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