Former Refugee becomes Teacher at his School

Iginas Gasengayire

Iginas Gasengayire spent his early years in refugee camps in Africa terrified of teachers; he never imagined he would become one.

“Teachers were really mean to us,” he said.

“We’d just get beat up all the time for no reason … so I was terrified by teachers.”

A marked difference in experience at school in Australia would eventually inspire Mr Gasengayire to become a teacher — “Mr Iggy” — and return to the high school where he arrived 14 years ago as a nervous student who spoke no English.

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