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Catholic primary schools prepare to welcome migrant/refugee children

A teacher at Gran Couva RC School reads to her pupils

Some Catholic primary schools will welcome migrant and refugee children before the end of the school term, and although it may be challenging, they will have the full support of Church, government, and international bodies.

Speakers at an October 8 virtual meeting to discuss the initiative made this clear as they pledged their support to principals and teachers.

Archbishop Jason Gordon said welcoming migrant and refugee children at this time was not only difficult and “absolutely inconvenient” but “bad timing as schools figure out online classes”. But, he continued, “we have to find ways to welcome migrant children to our schools, so the UN Rights of the Child are upheld in our nation”.

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