Press Release: Educational Debate on Somali Pupils in Bristol


15 March 2010

Somali Educators’ Forum (SEF)

Talo: debate on the educational underachievement of Somali pupils in Bristol

On Saturday 20 March, the Somali Educators’ Forum, supported by the Somali Resource Centre, hosts a debate to discuss the roots of Somali pupil underachievement in Bristol schools.

The debate, Talo, which will be held at Barton Hill Settlement, Bristol, from 6.00pm to 9.00pm, will examine if the needs of Somali children (and their parents) are addressed accordingly, and receive appropriate support at school to improve attainment and to integrate into the UK educational system. Concurrently, it will look at the level of parental and community engagement and involvement; more importantly, it will discuss the capacity of Somali-led organisations and the role of the Supplementary School Services, particularly the gap between what it offers and what Somali-led supplementary schools receive.

The event will feature a debate panel and guest speakers. These will include Somali practitioners from local primary and secondary schools and voluntary and community organisations, parents, and community leaders and/or activists.

The audience will include Somali parents and carers, community workers, members of the community, and teaching and support staff from schools and other educational institutions in Bristol.


Notes for editors

Somali Educators’ Forum was set up to develop the professional capacity of Somali educators and/or practitioners; to address, tackle educational inequalities and social exclusion, among many other things, faced by Bristol’s Somali children and young people (and their families).

Somali Resource Centre is a Bristol based Somali-led voluntary organisation.

Author: Abdi Mohamed

For all media enquiries relating to this press release, please contact Somali Resource Centre on 0117 9077994

Somali pupils in Bristol schools

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