Arisnel Mesidor, M.A., RCIC
Afghan children are helped by Canadian educational institutions to succeed in school
The government of Canada announced on June 24, 2022 that Canadian educational institutions have implemented special academic, physical education, and skill programs to assist kids in successfully integrating into their schools.
Through this initiative, recently arrived Afghan children receive the help they need to learn, play, and succeed at their new school. As of now, Canada has welcomed a total of 16,270 Afghan refugees via the special immigration program for Afghan nationals who assisted Canadian forces in Afghanistan.
Over 3,800 of these refugees are school-aged children. Since August 2021, from ages 4 to 18, including nearly 1,900 Afghan girls, have been admitted to Canada under the Afghan initiative.
The Saskatchewan Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) is a school-based initiative that aims to integrate newcomer youth into the Canadian education system as well as their parents and guardians. In addition, SWIS services are provided to school staff to promote cultural competence and raise awareness of newcomer needs.
In British Columbia, the Surrey School District alone has welcomed over 550 Afghan children, with the support of settlement workers at the Surrey Schools Welcome Centre.