First modification: 07/09/2021 – 18:26
The most recent UNHCR Global Report on World Displacement in 2020 reveals that 42% of the people who fled their homes were children. In a pandemic context, where poor countries host 86% of refugees, the basic rights of minors are at risk of not receiving attention.
The data on the migration of minors in the world is worrying. Children are an extremely vulnerable population and their situation deserves special attention. Thousands experienced displacement when they were very young and others, around a million, were born as refugees, which could even lead them to spend their entire lives in exile.
Almost 3,500 minors arrived in Mexico during the first three months of the year, mostly from Central America. There are many who are waiting with their families for a response from the United States to their refugee requests. But while that happens, the boys and girls are out of school. To respond to this lack of education, Sidewalk School hired asylum-seeking teachers, who teach children in the same condition.
Alma Beatriz Serrano is one of the teachers. “In Honduras I worked teaching face to face with the children. We never imagined taking this experience of being like this via telephone, Zoom in this case, because it is not the same to be in front of a telephone screen than to be in front of a child. The truth is that it is quite difficult. But as time goes by, you adapt, “he adds.
A singularity that worries teachers is that there are older children who still do not know how to add, read or write, basic skills for their age.
With the help of 300 tablets, Sidewalk School reaches 700 young people from 4 to 18 years old, in nine border cities in Mexico.
And miles from America, in Jordan, a storyteller seeks, through stories, to portray the reality of the Zaatari refugee camp and give children a vision of its reality, which includes problems, but also solutions. Asma Rasheed is a refugee and performs social work with minors through oral storytelling, a tradition in her native Syria.