On Saturday, February 18th, one hundred teachers, parents, social workers, professors and other members of the Latin American community packed into a University of Toronto, O.I.S.E (Ontario Institute classroom). These stakeholders met to discuss the education of their Latin American students and children, they came from Toronto and the surrounding areas. The event was organised by the Asociacion de Profesores Hispanos-Canadienses (The Association of Spanish-Canadian Teachers). It marked the eight conference organised by the Association.
Hispanic-Canadians face similar challenges that many new immigrant families face in Canada. Parents do an admirable job balancing their work and their family lives as they orient themselves to the new culture and the new language. This conference allowed the Latin American community to celebrate the steps being taken by parents, educators and local organisations in the Greater Toronto Areas to help advance the development and education of their youth.
Presenters included, Sabrina Mendez and Marta Pizon from the radio station, Voces Latinas, (The Voice of the Communidad 1610 AM), Teach 2 Learn (a program that helps at-risk students succeed at school). We also heard from various Latin American students who were granted scholarships by the Asociacion de Profesores Hispanos-Canadienses for their high academic standing.
The conference included an awards ceremony. Solidarity in Action was selected to receive the award in International Community Development work, for our international development projects in Peru and Ecuador.
The Asociacion de Profesores Hispanos-Canadienses looks to promote the diverse Spanish cultures evident in the communities in Toronto and the surrounding area. One of their main objectives is to provide Hispanic-Canadians with scholarships that will them these students to pursue a post secondary education.
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