FREDERICTON (GNB)New Brunswick is hosting the fourth international policy forum of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Strength through Diversity project. The forum will provide international and Canadian delegates the opportunity to discuss policies and practices that support immigrant and refugee learners with New Brunswick educators.

“Your government understands the importance of the integration of immigrants and refugees into our school system,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Brian Kenny. “One of the key objectives of our 10-year education plans is to establish a culture of belonging and to value diversity in our schools. This forum provides the opportunity for our school leaders to collaborate with international delegates on how to better support immigrant and refugee learners.”

The event, which gets underway on Thursday, May 31, in Fredericton, has five key themes:

  • The role of education in social and emotional learning and sense of belonging;
  • Language of social cohesion;
  • Culturally responsive teaching practices;
  • Retention of immigrant children and education for global citizens;
  • Whether ICT and digital technologies are tools for fostering or threatening integration.

The keynote address will be given by Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, Wasserman Dean at the Graduate School of Education and Information Services, University of California – Los Angeles.

The program includes school visits and meetings with community leaders, community organizers and students from immigrant or refugee backgrounds.

The forum is jointly organized by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Council of Ministers of Education Canada.