In this day and age literacy is an essential skill. For many immigrants, including Syrian refugees arriving in Canada, English proficiency can be quite the struggle. Fortunately for them, Frontier College is offering programs specifically for our new Canadians!
In collaboration with the Multicultural Association of Fredericton, Frontier College’s literacy programs are designed to help new immigrants and refugees adapt and integrate into Canadian society. The programs are extensive, and have helped approximately 75 youth and 20 adult newcomers in our capital City.
They are offered free of charge to immigrants and refugees and are taught almost entirely by volunteers, who gain leadership skills, and precious volunteering and teaching experience.
Amanda Collicott, EAL Teacher from the George Street Middle School In-School 1:1 Program (one of the program that is designed to help Syrian adolescents from grade 6-8) had this to say: “These kids are just amazing… and, like me, they are so thankful for the extra help the tutors are providing.”
The teachers and staff at Frontier College have, in recent years, been looking into ordering new textbooks for the adults of these immigrants and refugee families as the books previously used were somewhat outdated. Thanks to the $3,000 grant provided by the Fredericton Community Foundation, their new books are here!
Frontier College’s New Brunswick Regional Coordinator, Janette Desharnais, had this to say about the grant: “We really appreciate the help of the Fredericton Community Foundation. Your support, along with many others including the individual donations and contributions, the teachers, the staff, etc. has all been great and it allows us to keep doing what we love to do, which is making a difference.”
As Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu said “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”, and for the newcomers to Canada, that single step for them begins with literacy.