The CSDM to face the challenge to accommodate the children of migrants

News 8 August, 2017

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    Tuesday, 8 August, 2017 13:27

    Tuesday, 8 August, 2017 13:27

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    MONTREAL – The commission scolaire de Montréal (CSDM) has been working hard to be able to accommodate the children of migrants in his classes at school.

    “We used to have students from all over the world who arrive in our classes in reception and francization,” said Catherine Harel-Bourdon, president of the CSDM, on the plateau of VAT New.

    These groups host the CSDM will attempt to add to the different neighborhoods, will be composed of fifteen students. Those who master French can be integrated in to regular classes.

    Having already combined with an increase of the population in the metropolis, the CSDM must find more of the local, which represents an important challenge.

    “We don’t have the exact number of new students, but we know that annually we receive approximately 3000 students who pass through the reception classes. These entries are continuous,” said Ms. Harel-Bourdon.

    To register, the migrant must have an address, whether it be temporary or permanent. The addresses of the shelters cannot be considered.

    The CSDM also hope that the school boards in the surrounding area will welcome new students. For their part, the provincial and federal governments, should help financially, but also provide information on the migrant population.

    “In the past year, there have been many immigrants from syria and we had to invest a lot of money to hire teachers for these groups of home. We have communicated with the office of the ministry of Education to have are as”, recalled Ms. Harel-Bourdon.

    On Monday night, there were about 2400 asylum-seekers hosted in different locations in Montreal. This number could increase with the constant influx at the border.