Contemporary Issue Policy Assessment On After School Programs

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Contemporary Issue Policy assessment on After-School Programs

In this paper, I assess a proposal to implement after-school programs in low-income and/or high-migration communities across Canada for the Canadian federal government. Increasingly, we have been hearing, in the popular press especially, about the issue of after-school programs and its positive impact on children from low-income and migrant families. Purported positive impacts that could be gained from these programs such as closing the educational achievement gap between children from these families and children from high socio-economic families, better integration into new societies and a reduction in counter-normative behaviors, makes this a relevant issue and one that must be treated with some urgency. In order to assess this proposal, I compared the advantages to the disadvantages of implementing it and I decided to implement it. My rationale is explained in the rest of the paper.
An advantage of after-school programs is that it aids social inclusion. Naidoo (2009) using Bourdieu’s social theory describes some issues facing African refugees in Australia in integrating into the Australian education system and how after-school programs helps to rectify these issues. Nadoo (2009) essentially looks at how an after-school homework tutoring program combats the limitations imposed on the refugees with limited social and cultural capital by the privileged social class’, whose culture and habitus is prioritized.…

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