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Xenophobia in South Africa’s Schools

May 10, 2015

Albert Street School, Johannesburg, South Africa
Graffiti on the wall of Albert Street School in Johannesburg, South Africa. The school was set up after the Xenophobic attacks in 2008 to provide a safe haven for the children of foreign migrants. Several years later it is still taking in foreigners as they battle to get into government run schools.
The latest round of Xenophobic attacks in South Africa against migrants from other parts of Africa have severely damaged the country’s reputation. The government has been accused of implementing xenophobic policies, particularly when it comes to education. South Africa’s constitution states that everyone has a right to access public schools. However, some migrant children have been turned away. I recently worked on a story about this with Sophie Ribstein. Click here to see our TV report.

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