EDUCATION AND SCHOOLING
Formal education is a critical setting in which youth acquire the skills needed to be empowered young individuals. The schooling experience is an important setting outside the family that socializes young people into all dimensions of adult life and responsibilities. Unfortunately, immigrant youth arriving with limited language skills and literacy face daunting barriers and often drop out of high school. Research in international development indicates that more years of schooling has been associated with positive outcomes such as lower fertility, later age of marriage and healtheir and better educated children. However limited data exists documenting positive outcomes of more schooling for low income and minority students in the United States.
SAUTI YETU'S VIEW
Department of Education and local school boards should invest resources and support for English Language Learners and student categorized as Severally interrupted formal education (SIFE). Majority of SIFE and ELLs students are immigrant students of colors and with many being first in the family to attempt to finish high school or complete GED. Unfortunately well intentioned high schools with high number of ELLs or SIFE students are unprepared to support students educational and learning needs.
WHAT WE ARE DOING ABOUT IT
- Advocacy: Sauti Yetu advocates for educational access and support to ELLS and SIFE students before the city and state to increase resources for ELLS and SIFE students.
- Training and Capacity Building: We work with school administrators, and teachers to develop the necessary tools and skills needed to improve teacher training and instruction, and work with and support SIFE and ELLs students.
- Outreach and Engagement: We work closely with parents and families to eliminate barriers that prevent parents from participating in and being involved in their children's education. Immigrant parents are often accused of not caring about their children's education.
- Research: We are partnering with various academic and educational institutions to conduct qualitative and quantitative research on the efficacy of our work with SIFE and ELLs students in some of the high schools in New York city.