- Weaving multiple literacies: Somali children and their teachers in the context of school culture
Author: Masny, D. & Ghahremani-Ghajar, S.
Journal: Language Culture & Curriculum Volume: 12
ABSTRACT: This ethnographic case study examined the relationship between literacies and school and community cultures by exploring literacy events as they unfold for Somali children in a Canadian elementary school. Field notes and interviews involving Somali and school community members were analyzed based on the view that literacies are enmeshed in cultural, racial, and religious differences. Validating these differences within school culture is important so that children, instead of experiencing marginalization, can regain voice, power, and self-worth. Data were triangulated through participant observation; formal and informal interviews with the children, school staff, and community informants; samples of the children's writing; and informal procedures for the evaluation of children's 1st and 2nd language skills. The data provide examples that legitimate children's personal and communal histories in the classroom. It is suggested that by proposing a pedagogy of difference, educators can chart possibilities for inclusion by weaving multiples literacies in school culture.
- Working with children from refugee communities
Author: Iszatt, J. & Price, R.
Journal: Educational & Child Psychology Volume: 12
ABSTRACT: Informal and professional contact with refugee communities has made the authors aware that support networks and expertise are often available from within the community; yet these invaluable resources are often untapped, and professionals work in isolation. This article explores the role of the educational psychologist in relation to refugee communities. A workshop outlined research findings, examined how the Somali community in Tower Hamlets works through established networks to meet the needs of new arrivals, and presented the case for partnership between psychologists and professionals from the community as a model for future work. Case studies served as a stimulus for discussion where participants considered tensions inherent in work with children from refugee communities and implications for practice.
- Somali Family Care Network
ABSTRACT: The Somali Family Care Network (SFCN)is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping all Somali groups in the United States work together to improve the social and economic opportunities for the Somali community. SFCN is governed by a board of directors that strives to empower refugees through capacity building and social mobilization activities that will aid refugees in their transition from dependency to self-sufficiency and integration into American society. SFCN aims to act as a national resource for the growing Somali immigrant community as well as for the refugee and mainstream service providers who interface with Somali communities in the U.S. Additionally, SFCN acts as a technical assistance organization, providing training to strengthen institution building, resource development and leadership development.
- Confederation of Somali Community in MN
ABSTRACT: Somali refugees who fled a brutal civil war in their Northeast African nation, at one time colonized by Italy and Britain, started arriving at shores of the United States at the end of 1991. The war, which is still going on, through the years, has brought more than 100,000 Somalis (of which 40,000 have resettled in Minnesota) to the United States. By 1994, these Somalis, of all economic and social backgrounds, in their hundreds, have established the Confederation of Somali Community as a 501©3 non-profit organization. a 1996 linkage with Pillsbury United Communities and a grant from Bush Foundation solidified CSCM's credentials as a mutual assistance association, since then CSCM has improved delivery of services and expanded relationships with other communities and agencies.