CCPA: Being Involved in Uninvolved Contexts – Refugee parent involvement in Children’s Education

This report by community-based researcher Fadi Ennab was published by the CCPA in collaboration with the Newcomer Education Coalition.

The involvement of refugee parents in their children’s education is crucial for academic success and community development. Yet, schools often struggle in promoting the involvement of newcomer parents, especially in contexts where there are language, cultural and socioeconomic challenges separating the school system and its staff from the communities and families they serve. While refugee parents are not a homogenous group, they face unique, multiple, and intersecting challenges that can negatively impact their involvement in their children’s education to the point of potentially being uninvolved. This report offers a Manitoba specific analysis and offers recommendations that will increase communication and understanding between parents and educators, and improve newcomer students’ performance.