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Education for detainees

YOUNG asylum seekers will begin classes in Tasmania’s education system next week.

Up to 150 teenage boys housed at Pontville Detention Centre will start their study through the Tasmanian Polytechnic, to be re-named TasTafe later this year.

Most will study at the central Hobart campus while some lessons will take place on site.

The children, who come from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and Iraq, among other countries, are unaccompanied and began arriving in January. Education Minister Nick McKim said the students were aged 15 to 17.”

(themercury, 2013)

This is an article by the Tasmania Mercury that addresses an issue that hasn’t been covered much in the media. When refugees are trying to make it safely into another country, education might not be the first issue to cross everyone’s minds. However, many of the refugees are teenagers and need to be educated. The Tasmanian government is offering education to asylum seekers. They now have the opportunity to study at TasTafe in Tasmania.

I think this article raises an important issue. Yes, at first the most important thing for the asylum seekers is to find a safe place to be away from the brutality of their home country. However, as the refugees start to seek work in their new home, they might find it hard to communicate, fit in and understand the change in culture. In Australia, refugees are finding it especially difficult if they don’t understand English. The opportunity to study the English language gives asylum seekers more of a chance to find work and fit in to society.

Although quite small, the article still has a strong structure. There are many insightful and informational quotes from the Tasmanian Education Minister, Nick McKim. One even describes what and how the boys will be taught.

mcKim“Their program of study will focus on English language training, similar to the youth migrant program currently delivered at the Polytechnic to ex-humanitarian entrants who are now permanent residents of Australia,” Mr McKim said.

“This includes being taught English through a range of practical activities, which incorporates social studies, maths and environmental studies.” (themercury, 2013)

The size of the article, however, highlights some flaws. All quotes are from the Education Minister. There are none from the teachers or students at TasTafe, none from the asylum seekers, and none from the general public. This article portrays only one opinion. There is a short reference to Tasmania’s Commissioner for Children, Aileen Ashford, yet there isn’t a quote included.

So while this article raises an important issue, it is a very one sided story, mainly entertaining the ideas of the Tasmanian Education Minister. Any concerns or objections other parties might have are not included in this article.