Teach­ers key to refugee re­set­tle­ment

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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.

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