2.C Settlement and Integration
C.6 How is education treated?
Why is this area important?
Actors need to consider how refugee children and adults will access education.
Considerations may include:
Click on the considerations below to discover how Canada does it.
(i) What are the education needs of child refugees? (ii) What are the education needs of adult refugees? (iii) What requirements must sponsored refugees meet to enroll in primary, secondary, and post-secondary institutions? (iv) How are foreign credentials assessed? (v) Who covers costs associated with foreign credential equivalency assessments? (vi) Do sponsored refugees need legal authorization to study? (vii) Who covers tuition and other education expenses? (viii) What support systems and resources are in place for teachers in classes with refugee students? (ix) What barriers to education do resettled refugees face and how can curriculums and approaches to education be tailored to meet their needs? (x) What can schools do to welcome refugees? (xi) What preparatory programs support successful integration outcomes for children and adults with education gaps and language barriers?
British Columbia Ministry of Education, “Students from Refugee Backgrounds: A Guide for Teachers and Schools”
Steve Fischer, "Syrian children find comfort in numbers at Ottawa elementary school" (CBC News, 15 December 2016)
Giuseppe Valiante, “Syrian refugees in Quebec’s French-integration classes learning fast, having fun” (Winnipeg Free Press, 29 February 2016)
Courtney A. Brewer, “An outline for including refugees in Canadian educational policy” (Canadian Journal for New Scholars in Education, 2016)