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Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 20, Number 4, January/February 2008

Celebration of education and family for South Asian students

The Ad Hoc Committee for South Asian Student Development is a joint Surrey-Delta group, consisting of local members. This committee is dedicated to educating parents, teachers, and the community to support youth in their continued goal of becoming positive, contributing citizens of society. The committee also celebrates the success achieved by many young South Asians in our community through academics, scholarships, sports, or leadership.

On October 4, 2007, the group organized and hosted a very successful parent and student information dinner gala at the Grand Taj Banquet Hall in Surrey. This free event welcomed over 900 people, including parents, students, and teachers from Lower Mainland schools and was funded by the Surrey Teachers’ Association and the Surrey School Board. Also in attendance were local MLAs, MPs, and school board staff. Guest speakers included Rob Rai (Youth Diversity Liason), Harjinder Thind (popular RED FM Host), and Jinny Sims who gave a Punjabi presentation to the parents promoting reading with their children every day.

In addition, a theatre group entertained the crowd with humourous and serious drama skits about gender issues, the working family, and reading with grandparents. Parents were encouraged to continue to support their children’s educational goals, and were provided with resources for language/cultural barriers to promote more involvement in schools. Leadership students and dance teams were honoured for their contributions in our schools and community. Overall, an excellent evening that yielded positive parent learning and feedback.

To join this K–12 teachers’ committee, or for information on events, contact kambo_a@sd36.bc.ca or 604-588-3418, ext. 2237.

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