For young refugees, attending a new school and learning a new language is overwhelming. But no matter how isolated they might feel in their new, foreign surroundings, they are never alone. People are ready to help—and you could be one of them.
Uwazo and his family emigrated from Africa. When he started school, he was struggling to learn English. With students like him in mind, the elementary school created an incentive program. Students are rewarded for good behavior, academic achievement, and effort with yellow tickets they can trade for prizes. Some of the most popular prizes are food and hygiene items.
Now that Uwazo feels more confident in his English lessons, he looks forward to teaching his father some day.
“I’m here to show them that they can be whatever they want to be, no matter where they start,” his teacher says.
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