Red Deerians are invited to Discover Syria, an event to learn about the Middle Eastern country from local Syrian refugees.
Discover Syria will be held on Feb. 23, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., in Activity Room 3 at the G. H. Dawe Community Centre. Admission is free.
Presented by Red Deer Public Library’s Adult Literacy Program, the interactive event will allow people to meet and talk to Syrians about their culture, education, and food. Some refugees will also share their stories.
“There will be a table to learn a few Arabic phrases. In case people meet a Syrian refugee that doesn’t speak any English, they can say something in Arabic and make them feel welcome,” said Alla Mysko, Adult Literacy Program manager.
Mysko said the Syrians have brought their richness of culture and history to Red Deer.
“I just want to create that opportunity for intercultural mingling, and learning from each other, and getting to know each other better because we will be living in the same community.”
She said while people are learning about Syria, it will also be an opportunity to welcome the Syrians into the community and they can discover places, like the library, that they can visit in Red Deer.
The library will be hosting language classes for Syrians to help them learn and practise their English language skills.
Mysko said at least 15 refugees will attend Discover Syria.
“They are just very proud to be able to have this opportunity to come, share and give back and just participate.”
Forty Red Deerians have already registered for the event. The last day to register is Friday.
To register call the Adult Literacy Program at 403-346-2533, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.