Somali Parents and Schooling in Britain

Foreword by Gillian Klein
Paper: 978 1 85856 823 2 / $32.95
Published: September 2017  

Publisher: Trentham Books
176 pp., 6 1/8" x 9 1/5"
Somalis have settled in the UK in significant numbers, yet Somali children’s schooling needs have been largely ignored. Only Mohamed Kahin’s Educating Somali Children in Britain, published in 1997, offered insights and information to those responsible for their educational provision. In this new book, completed by Professor Catherine Wallace after his death, Kahin explores the ways Somali parents can optimize the achievement of their children in UK schools. His findings are relevant to other minority groups, and to families in global societies of increasingly diverse ethnic, class and cultural backgrounds.

Table of Contents:
1. Setting the scene
2. Somalia and the Somali community in the United Kingdom
3. The achievement of Somali pupils: The role of parental involvement
4. The Somali Supplementary School for Somali pupils: The impact on parents
5. A case study of two Somali parents
6. The Somali community, schools and society

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Reviews & Endorsements:
"Somali Parents and Schooling in Britain by Mohamed Kahin and Catherine Wallace is essential reading for anyone interested in the education of children of migrant backgrounds. This book provides detailed cultural, historical, political and social descriptions of Somalis in the UK with a view to promoting understanding of the educational experiences of Somali children in the mainstream system. The authors present a very honest analysis of the impact the characteristics of the group may have on their children’s education. This analysis is permeated by critical reflections on how the Somali community could better participate in their children’s school life, how the mainstream schools should more effectively engage with the Somali parents, and how society should challenge discrimination. These reflections can fruitfully be applied to the education of other groups of migrants."
- Dr. Ana Souza, Senior Lecturer in TESOL and Applied Linguistics, Oxford Brookes University