Cultural Interpretation for Refugee Children: The Multicultural Liaison Program, Ottawa, Canada
AbstractCultural differences may pose as many challenges as linguistic difficulties for refugee children and their families in the school setting. This article explores the contributions of the Multicultural Liaison Program (MLD) created by the Ottawa Board of Education and the Ottawa-Carleton Immigration Services Organization (OCISO). Through cultural mediation, the MLO Program builds partnerships that support the efforts of schools and the refugee communities they serve. Anchored in a systemic approach that considers the child, parents, the ethnocultural community, teachers, and school officials, the MLOs - or cultural-interpreters - facilitate the learning and teaching processes.
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