International education in many directions

International education heads in many directions
Posted on 09/01/2023

Students from Brazil attended a short term placement in OCDSB schools.

While the main role of OCENET is to recruit and support international students who come to study in OCDSB schools, OCENET is very busy in developing learning partnerships between educators and students from around the world with local students and teachers.

With the goal of developing intercultural awareness, OCENET facilitates both virtual and in-person educational exchanges, and currently has projects with OCDSB schools and students in Japan, France, China, and South Korea, among other countries.

Students from many countries. including Brazil and Spain, attend short term and summer programs, usually with placements in local schools.

Over the years, OCENET has become renowned for its teacher education programs and regularly attracts visiting educators from countries such as Sweden, Spain, China, and Germany, among others, who come to learn about Ontario’s educational system.

In addition, there are numerous delegations of international educators who come to visit OCDSB schools, and OCENET serves as a key organizer of school visitations.

OCENET Executive Director Geoff Best address a group of German educators at an orientation session

Students from Featherston Drive PS who have been part of an online learning exchange with students in Chengdu, China, visited the Chinese Embassy in Ottawa to learn about Chinese culture. Shown in the photo (l-r): Geoff Best, OCENET;  Guido Ronci, Principal;  Reg Lavergne, OCDSB SOI;  Chinese Ambassador to Canada, Cong Peiwu; Sean Oussoren, International Education Coordinator, Samantha Conley, OCDSB Teacher; and Alex Mao, International Educational Consultant.
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