The Catch-up program is designed for refugee and vulnerable newcomer youth ages 9-18  providing them with after school support tailored to their learning and social integration needs. Catch-up program is divided into three components. 

The first component is a small group after school tutoring sessions focused on helping students catch-up with math and science skills using a hybrid learning environment. The tutor guides the youth in using QED’s Catch-up e-learning resources but also provides one on one support. QED’s innovative e-learning educational resources are there to bridge educational gaps and address the educational challenges of refugees.

The second component is workshops for the caregivers to engage them in helping their children catch up at school, access resources and integrate successfully.

The third component of the program is information sessions for settlement workers across Ontario to build capacity and bring this program to areas where Catch-up does not run.

The program is built on two main component that are tailored to support the students’ learning process and social integration needs.

1. The first component is an introductory workshop for the caregivers, settlement workers, and the actual learners to introduce them to the platform and answer questions around navigation, and usage of platform as a tool to support the learning needs of the student.

2. The second component is the online chat that is available to assist the teachers and students as they use the platform and have questions.

Catch-up session in Scarborough, ON.

Catch Up Circulation Flyer in Rose Avenue Public School, Toronto

The Catch-Up program serves QED’s vision in empowering and connecting communities by providing innovative e-learning educational resources and bridging gaps between communities to further guarantee equity of access to resources for the newcomer and refugee communities. This project has been carried out in various cities across the GTA since its start in partnership with the Arab Community Centre of Toronto (ACCT) and the Syrian Canadian Foundation (SCF). In 2018, the Catch- up was successfully implemented in Mississauga, Toronto, and Scarborough was hosted at different locations in collaboration with settlement organizations, including Culture-link, Catholic Crosscultural Services, and the Afghan
Women’s Organization.

Keep in Touch

Al-Qazzaz Foundation for Education & Development
2640 Bristol Circle Suite 150, L6H6Z7, Oakville
Ontario, Canada
Tel: 289-652-1510
Email: info@qed.org

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