‘They en­rich the cul­ture of our school’

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Teach­ers at the two schools have come up with a spe­cial pro­gramme to help the Ibrahim and Al Mousa fam­i­lies get up to speed with their stud­ies. Stephen Duckitt, Prin­ci­pal of Safa Com­mu­nity School, said they have Ara­bic-speak­ing ‘bud­dies’ to help trans­late as their Eng­lish im­proves and a range of catch-up classes. They are also bussed to and from school every day for free. De­scrib­ing their first few days in school, he said: “The chil­dren have set­tled in re­ally well since we started. It’s amaz­ing they’ve al­ready made friends. The lit­tle one in FS2 says she has ‘24 friends al­ready’. “Be­cause we have an in­clu­sive cul­ture in the school, the stu­dents have a trans­la­tor. Our own stu­dents are trans­lat­ing for them in each class. “We also have de­vel­oped a pro­gramme for them, where we take them out of his­tory and ge­og­ra­phy lessons for two months and they are give them in­tense one-to-one Eng­lish lessons.” He added: “We are help­ing them, but they are also help­ing our stu­dents learn where they come from. They en­rich the cul­ture of the school and they come from dif­fer­ent iden­ti­ties. They have ex­pe­ri­ences that our stu­dents will be able to learn from as well.”

HIT THE BOOKS: Mo­hammed Noor Al Mousa (right)

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