Homeschooling of Refugees During COVID-19

Homeschooling of Refugees During COVID-19

Surviving one crisis gives a lifetime experience that would affect the rest of one’s life. Yet, surviving two successive crises is worth investigating. In this project, we study how refugees in Germany have been coping with the COVID-19 Pandemic after they had gone through the refuge crisis. This study focuses on challenges refugee families in Germany face in motivation, infrastructure availability, and technology skills and their impact on their well-being measuring their anxiety and their perception of how useful the used tools are. We also investigate the impact of anxiety and usefulness on overall satisfaction with the educational system. Our results show that refugees face high anxiety when using online learning systems and that they require further assistance should online education be the solution of the future. Our study provides implications for policy and practice that help the development of inclusive learning spaces and environments towards inclusive education.

Our research contributes to the knowledge of research done on COVID-19. We follow the suggestion of field researchers, calling for conducting research in different areas and topics in the time of COVID-19, for example, topics that have impacts on life, such as supporting children and changes in activities of children. Our results have both short-term and long-term impacts. On the one hand, we aim at improving the homeschooling of refugee families during the lockdown. On the other hand, it impacts the social inclusion of refugees in the host countries which affects their integration in the educational system as well as the society as a whole. Finally, we come up with a list of recommendations that can be used by decision-makers to ensure an inclusive educational process in Germany.

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Results of this ongoing research are published in the following research publications:

  • AbuJarour, S. and AbuJarour, M. (2020). “How Refugees Perceive Digital Learning Systems During the COVID-19 Lockdown.” MENA Chapter of Information Systems (MENACIS 2020), Morocco.