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Schooling and Education in Lebanon

Syrian and Syrian Palestinian Refugees Inside and Outside the Camps

Nina Maadad and Grant Rodwell

This book provides insights into the education and schooling of Syrian and Palestinian Syrian children inside and outside Lebanese refugee camps. It describes what is happening to these children and young refugees in terms of their schooling. Investigating the perspectives of children, their parents, teachers, community leaders, and state politicians and bureaucrats on the schooling provisions and educational opportunities for refugee children in Lebanon, this book reveals the condition of social disadvantage that Syrian and Syrian Palestinian refugee children and their families are experiencing in Lebanon. Maadad and Rodwell propose the idea of the pedagogy of the displaced that recognises socio-economic disadvantage and refocuses the nature of the learner and their learning and the philosophy of teaching. A collaborative action of society – the refugee families, the schools, the communities, the host state, the international aid agencies and the rest of the world – in addressing the barriers to education and schooling of the refugee children must break ground and be sustained.

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Most people viewing the state funeral of former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser on 27th March 2015 at Scots’ Church in Melbourne’s CBD would have been most impressed by a large group of Vietnamese Australians present, complete with a large sign proclaiming their thanks to a man who, as Prime Minister from 1975 to 1983, welcomed them to Australian shores, and through government policy, facilitated their Australian citizenship. As his son, Hugh Fraser, emphatically stated in his eulogy, Fraser was a “truly global man”, who loved Australia, and who in his public and private life really cared for what was happening globally, to the extent he could not remain silent in the face of such events as global refugees (, 2015, n.p.). (2015) also reported:

The volume of public mourners spread across the corner of Russell and Collins streets to St Michael’s Uniting Church where screens telecast the service and police shut down traffic.

Australia’s Vietnamese community were among those to turn out to farewell Mr Fraser.

General secretary of the Vietnamese community in Victoria Phong Nguyen said it was like losing their own parent.

“We call him our father and our saviour,” Mr Nguyen said on Friday.

“He means everything to us but mostly freedom for saving us from the refugee camp. It’s a very deep loss for our community” (n.p.)

In the dark shadow of the Australian government’s present immigration policy...

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