Teachers key to refugee resettlement
Porirua teachers are soon to receive a briefing on how the education sector can help with the resettlement of refugees in the community.
Porirua recently welcomed some Syrian families and the numbers are soon to increase.
A teachers’ breakfast on May 19, hosted by Partners Porirua, will hear from Constable Philip Pithyou, the police’s Wellington district ethnic liaison coordinator.
He will speak about resettlement issues, with a particular focus on the education sector. Representatives from the city and partnerships team at Porirua City Council, Ministry of Education, Red Cross and Partners Porirua will answer questions.
Partners Porirua regularly hosts teacher breakfasts to help bring together education, business and community. The breakfasts are an opportunity to brief teachers and principals about opportunities, issues and concerns for the community.
Previous topics have included youth employment and justice.
Michelle Robinson of Partners Porirua said teachers and schools could play a key part in helping new residents understand the way things were done, and where to refer people for assistance.