At Call For Duty we understand that one of the biggest obstacles refugees and immigrant parents report is raising their children in a new, unfamiliar culture. Parents often find that their children are quickly Americanized, probably due to the proliferation of Hollywood movies and TV dramas shown on British TV. Not only is this which at odds with their own culture but this doesn’t always sit well with the British way of life. Young people of course tend to pick up English much faster than their parents. This throws out of kilter the parent-child dynamic and you know that children, especially teens, can use this to their advantage.
With regards to early and secondary education , parents often feel dismayed and frustrated to see their children struggling to keep up in class. Many parents report bullying and discrimination as a result of cultural differences. Youngsters are often streamed in the class by their age rather than by their ability and for those who are unable to speak English, it can be virtually impossible to keep up with their Brit peer group. Further injurious to their well-being is the fact that parents may not have the education or language skills themselves to help their children – for example, they may not be able to communicate with school faculty staff to address the problems faced by their offspring.
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