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Human Rights: Education with a Social Conscience


by Christina Shunnarah — January 07, 2009

When I started working within the refugee community of Clarkston, I felt overwhelmed, frustrated, and anxious by the many painful stories and experiences of the children. One young girl from Sudan always remains with me as a symbol of my awakening in developing a human rights approach in my work in the field of education.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: January 07, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15472, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 5:35:43 AM

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  • Christina Shunnarah
    International Community School
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    CHRISTINA SHUNNARAH has over eight years of experience working with refugees, both adults and children. After her tenure at Refugee Family Services, she joined the staff of the International Community School (ICS) in 2002. She is currently a kindergarten teacher at ICS in Decatur, Georgia, which is a Dekalb county charter school. ICS is unique in its mission to educate and integrate American-born and refugee children from all over the world - including Afghanistan, Bosnia, Burundi, Iraq, Somalia, and Sudan. ICS serves over 400 students, from kindergarten to sixth grade. She also teaches courses in educational sociology at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. She has an M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Georgia and an M.A.T. in Teaching from Oglethorpe University. She is interested in ways of supporting refugee children’s growth through the arts.
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