Lifting the veil of silence: Exploring academic experiences of male refugee learners at a high school in Johannesburg, South Africa

Mziwandile Sobantu, Ajwang Warria

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Abstract

South Africa is a destination for refugee children. This challenges the country's social services and education system. This article addressed the academic experiences of male refugee learners at a high school in Johannesburg. A qualitative research approach and narrative research design were used. Semi-structured interview, schedules were used to conduct in-depth interviews with learners and teachers. Thematic content analysis was used to analyse the data. The findings reveal that the refugee children's adaptation and integration into the South African school environment provided hope and healing after their traumatic experiences. Therefore social work interventions in schools should focus on refugee children's subjective experiences in their adjustment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)570-584
Number of pages15
JournalSocial Work/Maatskaplike Werk
Volume49
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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