The Quest for Education in a Foreign Land: Detours and Barriers Along the Paths of the Immigrant Students from Sub-Saharan Africa in the United States

By Moses B. Rumano.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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Large-scale immigration is one of the most important social developments of our time. It is a transformational process affecting families and their children. According to Caps, Fix, Murray, Ost, Passel and Herwantoro (2005), “Between 14 and 16 million immigrants entered the United States during the 1990s, up from 10 million during the 1980s and 7 million during the 1970s. Sustained high levels of immigration have also led to a rapid increase in the number of children who face serious challenges due to limited English proficiency” (p. 25). Sub-Saharan Africa contributes approximately 4 percent of the total immigrant students coming to the United States and encounter, among other barriers and detours, language, social and cultural disconnect.

Keywords: Immigrant Students, Sub-Sharan Africa, Limited English Proficiency, United States, Disconnect

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp.65-74. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.141MB).

Dr. Moses B. Rumano

Ph.D Candidate, Educational Leadership, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, USA

Born and raised in a peasantry family of eight in Zimbabwe. Initially trained as a primary school teacher. Had double major for my Bachelor’s Degree from Africa University, Zimbabwe. Studied for my first Master’s Degree in Zimbabwe. Served as both a High school teacher and an administrator in Zimbabwe for three years respectively. Trained and worked as a Regional HIV/AIDS Coordinator for the Ministry of Education and Culture in Zimbabwe for three years on part-time basis. Taught for two years in the United States. My areas of interests are: Teacher preparation, policy analysis, and HIV/AIDS education in Zimbabwe and Southern Africa. Currently working on my dissertation at Miami University, USA.


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