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QED Youth Empowerment Launch Event

On July 22nd, 2017 the QED Intern team introduced the Q2 Youth Empowerment program to a room filled with youth, community leaders and performers. The team had been anticipating the launch after months of developing their For Youth By Youth project under QED’s guidance and advice from organizations, groups and youth…...

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QED & SCF Ramadan Iftar for Syrian Newcomers

  On Wednesday June 7th, 2017, the Al-Qazzaz Foundation for Education & Development and the Syrian Canadian Foundation held a community Iftar for Syrian newcomers. The dinner was made possible with generous contributions by donors, delicious traditional Syrian food by Reyan Restaurant and the goodwill of the families and volunteers…...

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Follow the Story of Ahmed & Yusuf in “Blackout!” While Supporting our Mental Wellness Project

  mmmmm    On May 30th, 2017, Ruqaya’s Bookshelf released a new chapter book, “Blackout!”, and 100% of the proceeds will be going to support QED’s Mental Wellness First Aid Kit. “Blackout!” follows the story of a Syrian boy, Ahmed, and his cousin Yusuf. After the death of Ahmed’s father, Yusuf’s parents work…...

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Bayan Khatib: “Expression Beats Repression”

Bayan Khatib, QED Communications Director, gives a talk titled: “My Journey from Syria, to UTM, to Writing, and to Syrian Community Activism” at the University of Toronto, at Mississauga. By Zaynab Alkali • Photographer: Shifa Siddiqui • March 20th, 2017 This article was originally published at The Medium, the University of…...

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Refugee Career Jumpstart Project & QED Meet with the City of Toronto

On Friday 19th, Bayan Khatibi from QED and Mustafa Alio from Refugee Career Jumpstart Project had a meeting with the City of Toronto to collaborate on new projects. The aim for these new projects is to create and support entrepreneurial opportunities and aspirations for Arabic speaking newcomers. This partnership will support…...

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Aisha Khaja Interviews Sarah Attia & Bayan Khatib

In August 2016, Khaled Al-Qazzaz returned to Canada after a 3 year ordeal in Egypt of wrongful imprisonment and travel ban. Within a few months, Khaled and his wife Sarah Attia, along with friends, founded the Al-Qazzaz Foundation for Education & Development. The foundation aims to foster equity of access…...

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QED Visits York University & U of T

The QED team has reached out to academic institutions to form collaborations for its research work. On April 10th, Khaled Al-Qazzaz and Bayan Khatib presented the vision and projects of QED to the class of Critical Pedagogy Cultural and Linguistic Diversity at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the…...

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QED Meets with Community Leaders for Refugee Rights Month

QED team meets with community leaders on April 4th, 2017 to celebrate Refugee Rights Month. QED’s founding values include human rights, democracy and social justice. The President of the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants, Ibrahim Absiye, City Councillor Jim Karygiannis and a Syrian newcomer activist, Kinana Issa, also took part…...

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Former political prisoner Khaled Al-Qazzaz overcomes trauma by giving back – CBCNEWS

“As he lay awake in a insect-infested cell in the solitary confinement wing of an Egyptian prison, one thought kept Khaled Al-Qazzaz going. If they ever made it out alive, he told his prison-mate Mohamed Fahmy, one day they would meet again in Toronto — free. He would reunite with…...

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