As B.C. schools and communities prepare to accept approximately 1,000 young refugees from Syria, the media has been keen to find out how well prepared is the community.
Speaking to The Tyee, Fresh Voices Youth Advisory Team member Dina Ganan highlighted the need for training and resources to support teachers in their work with young refugees.
”Have the teachers and school staff provided with anti-oppression, anti-racism, and cultural awareness [training],” she said, emphasizing a recommendation that comes directly from the Fresh Voices 2013 report.
This article and photograph were originally published by The Tyee on November 21, 2015.
Read the full report: Are BC Schools Ready for Syrian Refugees?
26.5% of British Columbians’ “mother tongue” is a non-official language, followed by Ontario (25.7%), Alberta (19.4%), and Quebec (12.3%). British Columbia has the highest percentage of language diversity of any Canadian province.