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September 5, 2013
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International students from Brazil receive warm welcome

Education and Early Childhood Development

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Twenty international students from Brazil arrived in Prince Edward Island yesterday to begin their Grade 11 year, says Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Alan McIsaac.

“It was exciting to watch the students arrive at the airport and receive a warm welcome from their new homestay families,” said Minister McIsaac. “There are numerous cultural and economic benefits associated with recruiting international students. It is a wonderful opportunity to promote Prince Edward Island and increase our global profile.”

International students become unofficial ambassadors for the province. Their positive educational experience increases the potential for other students to choose Prince Edward Island as an education destination both at the K-12 and post-secondary levels.

In August, the provincial government reached an agreement with an international agent Griffe Canada/International to accept the 20 students from Brazil, who will attend school in PEI for one semester. Of the 20 students, nine will attend Charlottetown Rural High School, one will attend Colonel Gray High School, two will attend Montague Regional High School, one will attend Kinkora Regional High School, four will attend Three Oaks Senior High School and three will attend Bluefield High School.

While attending Island schools, the students will have an opportunity to experience the benefits of a sound, rigorous, student-centred curriculum as well as participate in a wide variety of extra-curricular activities that are part of the Prince Edward Island education experience. By participating in this international education opportunity, students will gain knowledge and skills that enhance their growth both academically and personally.

“International students add to the diversity of our province and expose Island communities and students to diverse languages, cultures and traditions of people around the world,” said Minister McIsaac. “We are pleased to welcome the students to our province and I wish them a successful school year.”

Media Contact: Laura Steeves
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