Thursday, Nov 05, 2020
1:30pm - 3:00pm
Numbers of displaced people are surging globally and more than half of those displaced are children and youth. Displaced youth develop in exceptional circumstances that their host countries must be responsive to. Like Canada, Sweden has become a major destination for displaced youth and the country is testing school programs to increase displaced youths’ wellbeing and better support their development. These programs will be discussed along with lessons that can be applied to a Canadian educational context.
Serena McDiarmid is a second year doctoral student at the University of Waterloo studying the development of refugee children. She is a Vanier Scholar who recently received a Mitacs GlobaLink Award to work alongside an Uppsala University team studying the wellbeing of refugee children in Sweden’s school system. This project was part of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 program for research and innovation. Here in Canada, she also works as an occasional teacher with the Waterloo Region District School Board with a focus on second language instruction.