Amid the culture shock of new places and new faces, a Syrian refugee family meets the Toronto students who helped them find a new home.
Watch the National news story here.
Close to 100 Syrian child refugees, temporarily living at a Toronto hotel, waved goodbye to their parents Monday morning, climbed onto four buses and attended school for the first time in years.
They will spend a couple of hours each day attending schools in the northwest corner of the city as part of a joint initiative between the Toronto Catholic District School Board and the Toronto District School Board.
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Toronto’s Dewson Public School has raised money to sponsor a Syrian family. They’ve also sent the family a very Canadian welcome message – and the family sent their response. Read the full story at CBC’s The National and watch the video below.
Sunalta School in Calgary kicks off its campaign to sponsor a refugee family in a novel way. Marg Seeger talks about how students were handed red balloons for the kickoff of a campaign to sponsor a Syrian refugee family.
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Dubbed the ‘1000 Schools Challenge,’ a group of parent volunteers at Dewson Street Junior Public School in Toronto is calling on other schools to raise money to help bring Syrian refugee families to Canada.
For the thousands of Syrian refugee children headed for Canada’s public schools, the challenge will be more than just learning English and making friends. Many will struggle with the concept of school itself, of literacy even in Arabic, of studying in a building that won’t likely be bombed, and feeling safe enough, at last, to think about learning.
Schools Welcome Refugees and the 1000 School Challenge are featured in the Education in Emergencies Working Group Canada blog. To have a look, follow this link here.
The Canadian Education in Emergencies Working Group (EiEWG) is an informal group of education stakeholders concerned with raising the profile of education as an integral part of the first phase response to emergency and protracted situations.
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