Demissie, E. A., & Boru, A. K. (2022). Children's education and parental support in Jewi Refugee Camp, Ethiopia: Unraveling the challenges. Family Relations.

Objective: In this study, we examined the situation of parents andcaregivers of the refugee children in Jewi refugee camp with the aim ofunderstanding the roles they play in the education of the children.Background: Effective educational interventions benefit from parentalengagement. This may be particularly the case for refugee children, whotypically have had several traumatic experiences during the departure fromtheir home country, while traveling to safer places, and then on arrival to arefugee camp. Methods: A qualitative single case study approach was used toinvestigate this issue. Refugee primary school students, teachers, schoolprincipals, parents, and camp administrators were used as data sources.Individual and group interviews, observation, and document analysis were usedto collect the data. Interpretive and narrative approaches were used for dataanalysis. Result: The results of the study indicate that parental support forthe learning of refugee children was low. The effort schools make to helpparents, who themselves have experienced traumatic situations, engage intheir children’s education was found to be equally low. Conclusion: There wasa low level of awareness regarding the value of education, mainly becauseindividuals had endured long periods of war in South Sudan, during whicheducation was devalued and the educational infrastructure was devastated.Lack of awareness on children’s right to education is expressed in failure totreat adopted children as equal to biological children. As a result, in thisstudy, parents’ engagement in the education of children was low. Implication:There is a need to maximize local and international support to refugees tofulfill the basic needs of refugee children and their caregivers. Schools inrefugee camps are responsible not only for providing education to students;their work should extend to providing supportive services toparents/guardians in their parenting practices at home. In addition, thereshould be continued effort to reunite children who are separated from theirparents; implement comprehensive parenting strategies; and develop parenteducation programs.