Winnipeg school board to be first in Canada to teach classes in Pilipino


Seven Oaks School Division in Winnipeg, Manitoba will soon be offering a bilingual elementary school program, with classes to be taught in Pilipino.

Seven Oaks School Division is now accepting registration for students entering kindergarten up to Grade 3 for the coming school year which starts in September.

Filipino parents in the area are thrilled. One of the first things most Newcomers look for (immediately after housing and employment) is kindergarten in Canada.

CBC quoted Ivy Lopez Sarmiento, a parent with twins as saying: “They were born in Canada, they’re being raised in Canada — I don’t want them to lose identity. I want them to be proud of the fact that they are Filipino-Canadian.”

The pilot program will be available to all students, with classes taught in both English and Pilipino.

Pilipino (more specifically, Tagalog) is the fastest growing language in Canada according to the 2016 census.

Manitoba was the first point of landing for Filipinos in Canada, when a group of doctors crossed the border from the United States in the 1950s.

Today, the Filipino community continues to grow at a rapid rate, with as many as 800,000 Canadians claiming Filipino descent.

They still need 18 students per class per grade level to pull it off. It shouldn’t be too difficult, given the large number of Filipino families in the area. Got kids going to kindergarten in the fall? Best get moving to make sure you don’t run out of space.

Interested? Contact the school division directly at:

Seven Oaks School Division
830 Powers St.
Winnipeg, MB R2V 4E7
telephone number (204) 586-8061

You can also send them an email using this link.

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