Students from Refugee Backgrounds – A Guide for Teachers and Schools
The revised 2016 Students from Refugee Backgrounds Guide provides you with some general information about the refugee experiences, offers insight into potential psychological effects for those who have experienced violence, and describes how their escape from conflict and refugee experience can impact their transition, from a life of instability to a life of new normalcy in a new country and new culture.
The guide suggests ways all members of your school community can help ease a student’s transition into life in British Columbia and make them and their family feel welcome and safe.
Learn more about how to support individuals and families from refugee backgrounds:
This information is intended as a supplement to the guide
- Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Population Profile: Syrian Refugees (PDF)
This profile gives background information about the Syrian conflict from which they have fled, about countries that have provided asylum, about their education and health as well as other aspects of Syrian culture
- Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia’s Bulletin Syrian Resettlement in BC (PDF)
The ISSBC Bulletin provides information about their online Refugee Readiness Hub through which users can learn about Syria, read about the latest status of refugee arrivals, find local resettlement programs and services and other information in regular Newsletters.
- TIMMS 2011 Encyclopedia – Syrian Arab Republic pages 895-905 (PDF)
Learn about the Syrian Education System
- CMAS’s Care for Syrian Refugee Children: A Program Guide for Welcoming Young Children and Their Families (PDF)
CMAS's has information about practical ways schools can help children and their families feel welcome and safe.
This welcome letter for new arrivals to B.C. provides an overview on our school system, how to register children in classes, how to access language classes, special needs accommodations and how to get involved as a parent. The letter also connects the recipient to the Welcome BC website where parents are able to access the Newcomers Guide in 13 languages.