Children of asylum seekers in Darwin, Australia have been admitted to a school. These thirty four children are from Afghanistan who have been detained at the centre in Darwin. A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the Immigration Department and the Northern Territory Education Department which has permitted these children to go to school.
All these children between the age group of 7 and 9 years would now be attending classes at the Sanderson Middle School at Darwin. This school has an intensive program English which is already being conducted.
According to the Principal of the school, Jodie Green, the school has all the facilities for these children to the supported with the relevant needs. Although, the process would be quite a difficult transition for the children, at the same time they would be able to socialize and integrate over a period of time.
As per the Education Department, the extra resources which are required for these children are being funded by the Federal Government. At the same time, the local students would be affected in any way with these asylum children joining in. the department has also mentioned that it has been in close contact with the principals of the schools as well as the councils regarding the issue in the last one month. In the next term, about thirty younger asylum children would also join the primary school in Darwin.
Above all, this is a move worth commending as these forms the stepping stone for these children into a whole new world. More so, this is definitely hope for these children to have a better life than their parents.