Education in Integration: Webinar Recap

April 11th, 2010

Last month, our learning exchange featured the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and the Quality in Multicultural Schools (QUIMS) program from Zurich. It was a positive session that showcased practical approaches to integration through education, demonstrating that it’s not only possible to help immigrant children succeed, but also that effectivel integration supports institutional change and helps empower whole communities.

The session was introduced by Ulrich Kober, Director, Integration and Education Programm, at the Bertelsmann Foundation, in Gütersloh, Germany. From the City of Toronto, Lloyd McKell, Executive Officer, Student and Community Equity, discussed how the Toronto District School Board continues to respond to the challenges of migration and demographic changes in the culturally diverse city of Toronto. From the Canton of Zurich, we had Selin Öndül, Quality in Multicultural Schools (QUIMS) Programme Officer for the Ministry of Education, sharing strategies for local success.

Although implementation differed based on the needs of local populations, both projects shared similarities that anchored and shaped their program approach. This included the belief that schools are at the heart of the community and an essential channel for integration. In both school systems, educators clearly recognised diversity as a normal dimension of the classroom experience.

Interested in more detail? Download the Integration Through Education PowerPoint Presentation (PDF); or view the complete webinar: Watch the Webinar Recording!

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