The 1000 schools challenge is an initiative that aims to support school in taking action to make refugees welcome to Canada. Some school communities have come together to sponsor refugee families, and the challenge extends to any activities or innovative ways of helping students learn about refugee issues and their place in the world.
Share with us how your school created a safe and welcoming space for newcomer students. From great English language support and academic catch-up or timely referrals, to making sure students have friends to eat lunch with … how did your school build a community of welcome?
For example, students at London, Ontario’s First Avenue Public School created a micro-business selling jewellery they made – with all profits going to support local refugee settlement. Fifth Street Public School in Toronto’s inner city held a clothing drive.