Arabic Lessons to Help Welcome Refugees
Prince George, B.C. – Those wanting to welcome Syrian refugees to Prince George have something new to consider – learn Arabic.
Richard Parks, a volunteer with the Facebook group Prince George Citizens For Refugee Support, is hoping to set up a lesson early next month at a yet to be decided location.
“It is quite possible there may be families that come in that only speak Arabic so I thought it would be important for us to be able to learn a little bit of Arabic to welcome them to Prince George.”
Since posting the idea on Friday he says it’s drawn a positive reaction with about 35 people so far indicating they are interested in attending.
“We’re just going to meet this time and basically learn the basics of Arabic with readings and such and from there we’ll see where people seem comfortable taking from it,” says Parks.
“If they enjoy the experience and have lots of fun, then I don’t think it would be too much of a problem to organize an additional lesson.”
As for teachers, he says he’s already lined up one person, a Syrian student studying at UNBC and says he has “a couple more leads.”
“If anybody is interested please comment on the post and come out and get involved,” says Parks. “It’s really a night of fun, no pressure, if you learn just one word that’s okay. It’s a great opportunity to meet some great people in the community.”