How Schools Can Best Support Somali Students and Their Families

Julie Mae Koch


Immigrant students often pose a challenge to educators. In particular, the Somali population of students presents a unique challenge due to the nature of their immigration, their history and culture, the fact that most are Muslim, and the fact that they are often labeled as “Black” by native-born peers. This article discusses the needs of Somali students and their families in education systems around the world and presents recommendations for schools to ease their transition. Future directions for research are also presented.


Somali immigrant; refugee education; acculturation

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