It is sometimes difficult for non-immigrants to understand the many struggles that immigrants face in adjusting to life in a new country. While there is plenty to be thankful for, topics such as race, gender and religion are often used as the basis of discriminatory acts. Arguably children are the ones who are hurt most because of this. Both young and impressionable, it can be difficult to understand why other children at school are being mean. Below S. Khan addresses how concerns about bullying were shared by their children’s teachers in a new school, and how comfortable it made them to know that their children would be cared for with their respect ensured.
“When I moved to London and decided on the neighbourhood my family would live in, I also chose to meet with the teachers and staff at the school my children would be attending. I had concerns about bullying, specifically homophobic and racist bullying that had been the living nightmare for some of my children on a daily basis at the school they had been attending. The teachers not only acknowledged my concerns and didn’t minimize my fears and previous history, they also made a plan with me about the matter and made sure that there was a follow up meeting with my children and myself. After this, I felt that I and my children were finally home.”
S. Khan’s experience, while at first difficult for their family, demonstrates that support and understanding go a long way in making newcomers feel safe and welcome in their new home.