An assembly of Alberta teachers are meeting this long weekend in Calgary, to discuss a number of issues in the education system in our province.
Among them, are how Syrian refugees and Fort McMurray evacuees are fitting in at new schools.
Mark Ramsankar, the president of the Alberta Teachers Association, tells the Alberta Morning News when it comes to the Syrian children, they have to look at a number of issues when a child from another country enters their school system.
“In some instances, we’re talking about students that have never experienced formal schooling,” explains Ramsankar. “These types of challenges are being addressed in each classroom. When we look at the needs of these children as they’re coming in, consideration for their mental wellbeing is something that we also want to look at, in terms of a child being displaced from another country and coming forward.
Ramsankar adds that the teachers displaced from Fort McMurray have been receiving a lot of support.
“The Fort McMurray delegation has been tremendous,” says Ramsankar. “There’s been a lot of hugs, tears and gratitude for the support from all over the country.”
Around 400 teachers are attending the assembly. (km/Newstalk770)