3 refugee athletes competing in Tokyo heading to Ontario college

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TORONTO — Three refugees from South Sudan competing astatine the Olympics volition beryllium heading to a Canadian assemblage this autumn nether a programme that gives students displaced by struggle a accidental to prosecute their world goals.

Rose Nathike Likonyen, Paulo Amotun Lokoro and James Nyang Chiengjiek are presently members of the Refugee Olympic Team astatine the Tokyo Games.

They’ll beryllium heading to Sheridan College successful Oakville, Ont., arsenic the archetypal cohort of students successful a caller diversion watercourse of the Student Refugee Program, which sees post-secondary institutions privately sponsor refugees.

“They’ve earned the accidental to rebuild their lives and to illustration their travel guardant to occurrence and we’re conscionable truthful arrogant to play a portion successful that,” Janet Morrison, Sheridan’s president, said successful an interview.

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All 3 athletes fled struggle successful South Sudan arsenic children and grew up successful the Kakuma exile campy successful Kenya, wherever they inactive live.

Likonyen and Chiengjiek competed successful the 800-metre races astatine the 2016 Olympics successful Rio de Janeiro arsenic portion of the Refugee Olympic Team portion Lokoro competed successful the 1,500-metre contention astatine those Games.

Sheridan is moving with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Olympic Committee and the World University Service of Canada — a non-profit that manages the Student Refugee Program — to bring the athletes to Ontario.

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The trio volition statesman their archetypal twelvemonth successful Sheridan’s world upgrading stream, which focuses connected literacy, numeracy and captious thinking, but past they could take antithetic options to prosecute based connected their ain interests and vocation aspirations, Morrison said.

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The assemblage volition beryllium supporting the athletes with world advising, carnal and intelligence wellness resources and lodging supports, among different things.

“There’s a batch of probe connected however to presumption students for success, each kinds of antithetic students from each kinds of backgrounds and lived experiences. What we cognize is that cardinal to that is simply a consciousness of purpose, which I think, nary uncertainty these 3 learners have,” she said.

“They’ve had a lived acquisition with struggle and persecution truthful we’ll supply them with entree to resources to assistance rebuild their lives here.”

The World University Service of Canada said the 3 athletes could assistance rise consciousness connected the request to enactment to much refugees.

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“What Rose Nathike, Paulo Amotun, and James Nyang volition punctual the satellite connected the Olympic signifier successful Tokyo, is that we person a corporate work to uphold the rights and assistance recognize the imaginable of millions of refugees astir the world,” enforcement manager Chris Eaton said successful a statement.

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The UNHCR said it would similar to spot different countries sponsor refugees successful a akin way.

“While the resettlement of exile pupil athletes is comparatively new, Canadian universities and colleges person a agelong past of sponsoring refugees to resettle and prosecute post-secondary acquisition astatine their institutions,” said Michael Casasola, UNHCR’s elder resettlement serviceman successful Canada.

“It is simply a exemplary that UNHCR has been encouraging different countries to travel truthful that much refugees are capable to entree post-secondary acquisition and get a durable solution.”

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