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June 25, 2013

Australia | Publishing | ELT People

The pity of war

ELT-publishingThe West Australian reports on an ESL teacher who is creating a series of fiction books for young readers about children triumphing over adversity in the world's war zones.

Little Safiyo arrived in Australia with a lifetime of conflict and hardship already behind her. At the age of seven, she had never been in a school or even held a pencil - but she was desperate to learn how to read and write.

When Safiyo first arrived in Australia, having fled her troubled homeland of Somalia, the children at her school frightened her. They were aware of the differences. Today, she is a top student and has made many friends. She now enjoys the admiration and respect of her classmates.

As an English as a second language (ESL) teacher, Lyn White has taught many children like Safiyo.

"I have had the privilege of listening to some incredible experiences of refugee and newly arrived children who had been displaced and traumatised by conflict," she says.

A passionate primary school teacher-librarian as well, White knew the power of story and considered the idea of creating a series of fiction books for young readers that would pay tribute to the courage and perseverance of these children.

Read the full story from The West Australian.

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