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reconsidering educational aspects related to children in the HIV&AIDS pandemic
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What new understandings concerning children and significant others in their life-worlds have become apparent because of the HIV & AIDS pandemic? This innovative book argues that new insights on education and psychosocial aspects surface when research in the realm of HIV & AIDS is viewed through a positive psychology lens. By converging in-depth exploration and description, the book pinpoints vital persons supporting children’s wellbeing, and posits changed roles due to pandemic-related stressors. The significance of different education role-players (children, teachers, caregivers, community-members) is addressed in separate chapters, using pioneering theory and empirical data that are integrated with dynamic case examples, visual data and narratives. Ebersöhn’s edited book emphasises supportive persons and networks as buffers children access to mediate their coping when confronted by HIV & AIDS-related stressors. Throughout, the links between psychosocial support, changed roles and responsibilities, and resilience in the advent of adversity are clearly and thoughtfully demonstrated. A concluding chapter questions why and what happens to children’s wellbeing when society fails to provide supportive networks and services.
School Experiences of Indigenous, Refugee and Migrant Children
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Equitable access to education is fundamental to any concept of social justice offering as it does the means of escape from social and economic marginalisation. Despite this, in too many countries around the world groups of children are systematically denied access to education which will equip them for meaningful participation in the society in which they live. Their needs are ignored and their voices are silenced. They are locked into the position of ‘marginalised other’, the perpetual stranger in society. This collection of studies by an international group of researchers provides a place for migrant, refugee and indigenous children to talk about their school experiences. Refugee children from the Sudan, Afghanistan and Somalia, indigenous children from Sweden, Australia, New Zealand and Vietnam, migrant children in Canada, Iceland and Hong Kong, urban and rural children from Zanzibar all speak out through drawings, small group and individual discussion. For some children their school experiences are positive ones in which systems and teachers work together to meet their needs. For others their experiences are of racism, isolation, inadequately equipped and poorly funded schools, unsympathetic teachers and education systems designed to cater for majority groups. Despite these differences all the children remain enthusiastic about school. They are, in the words of a boy from Afghanistan, ‘thirsty to learn’. The children and the researchers all argue for education as a means to redress, rather than perpetuate, disadvantage. A vital first step in this process is to hear what is being said by those most affected by current practices. The narratives in this text offer a chance to do just that.
Cover photo: Marginalized, Gustav Alerby, Rosvik, Sweden?