Bowling Green Independent Schools meets refugee, migrant families where they are with Teranga Academy
As 2022 comes to a close, the last Kentucky Teacher feature story of the year highlights Teranga Academy (Bowling Green Independent School District), a school designed to support teens who are new to the United States and to American schools.
Mauwa Asifiwe was born in a refugee camp in Tanzania. She arrived in the U.S. in 5th grade with no English speaking background. American schooling was her first introduction to formal schooling. Before Teranga, she was the only Swahili speaker in her class. In just a few months, Asifiwe has grown in her reading skills with the community of students like her.
“My favorite part of the day is when I’m in reading,” she said. “[My teacher] encourages me to work harder and not give up. I like to read every kind of thing. I’m reading chapter books.”
The school is possible thanks to a partnership with non-profit organization Fugees Family.
Teranga Academy (Bowling Green Independent Schools) is designed to support teens and their families who are new to the United States and to American schools. The academy is open to Bowling Green Junior High and Bowling Green High School students who have been