“Education is a protection”: Refugee Parents’ Involvement in their Children’s Schools

In this case report, Abdullah Alsmaeel writes about the difficulties refugee parents face in being involved in their children’s education, from interacting with teachers to openly hostile Danish policies towards refugees. It is difficult to raise children in a new country and culture. But there’s a glimmer of hope. Refugee parents Abdullah meets in Aarhus strongly believe that education is a healer and that education benefits all who have access to it. “Education heals the wounds and reduces suffering. Education is a protection,” said Farah, 34 years, a mother of three in Aarhus. Refugee parents work to motivate their kids and promote the value of education. Fortunately, in Denmark it is important for parents to be involved in their children’s education, so in this regard, refugees and hosts are already on the same page.