Colleges change the lives of young refugees (F/SI)
May 5, 2020 | 11:30 - 12:30Location: 510
Track: Going Global
In a global context where the number of people in a forced migration situation is reaching record numbers, the college and Cégep community is playing a larger role in the protection of refugees though the World University Service of Canada’s Student Refugee Program (SRP). It’s a one-of-a-kind program that is supported by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and that provides for the sponsorship of young refugees who have been forced to flee their home country for reasons of persecution or conflict, thereby compromising any academic path they may have dreamed following. With its model of young people sponsoring young people, the project is contributing to the development of individual and collective intelligence in the college environment and the community as a whole. This project empowers various members of the college community to act. In addition, it provides unique opportunities to learn, that are focused on the experience for Canadian students. This unifying project is helping train competent and engaged citizens who are open to the world. During this session, the discussion will be fuelled by several questions, for example: What is the social responsibility of colleges and institutes in responding to the worldwide refugee crisis? Why should Cégeps participate in responding to the refugee crisis?