Author: MNI Alive | Date: 23 October 2012
Dr Gertrude Shotte has released her new book entitled Behind Every Cloud. Her book utilises various poems to chronicle the her experiences from 18th July 1995 (when the Soufriere Hills Volcano, Montserrat, rumbled to life) to present, and to provide a framework for understanding the forced-migrant experience.
Most relocated Montserratian migrants have found the transition rather difficult. The book purposes to give encouragement and hope to all forced migrants, especially relocated Montserratian students whose achievement motivation levels nose-dived to distressing levels very soon after arriving in England. Behind Every Cloud has significant educational value and can function as a supplementary text to enhance lessons across the curriculum at pre-primary, secondary and secondary + levels.
Forced migration has always brought about untold psychological effects on its victims. Interestingly, trying to settle in the host country is not the beginning of the mental anguish ' negative emotional effects begin in the very environment where the 'troubles' that compelled out-migration developed. 'Behind Every Cloud' reveals a similar pattern.
Dr. Shotte is a lecturer in the School of Arts and Education at Middlesex University. She holds an MA and a PhD in education (Lifelong Education and International Development and Education Foundation and Policy Studies) from the Institute of Education, University of London. She has a teaching career that spans primary, secondary, and tertiary levels. Migration, identity, achievement, inclusion, exclusion, teacher education, home-school-community collaboration, and lifelong learning are her research interests. She has presented several of these research papers in national, regional, and international conferences, including the 2010 XIV World Congress of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES) International Conference in Istanbul, Turkey.