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Quebec Board of Black Educators
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The Quebec Black Board of Educators was found, by a group of Black educators, in 1968. This group work created to provide remediation and tutorial assistance to Black youth, primarily in the PSBGM school system in the city of Montreal. The group of educators was formed by Quebec certified Black teachers, some university students and some instructors from the universities.
Initially, the group consisting mostly of Canadian University educated Caribbean immigrants set about trying to reduce the dropout rate of Black youth from the Montreal school systems. In addition, there was a marked absence of native born Blacks on the university campuses. This lead to the observation that, for Blacks, the route from the Caribbean to university was shorter than the route from the local schools to the university. There was something endemic in the school system that prevented local Blacks from completing high school. But by the mid-eighties a large numbers of immigrants from the Caribbean were arriving in Montreal and his scholar system was not equipped to address the cultural variations and problems the children of these immigrants brought to the schools.
To correct the situation the QBBE was founded. The organization developed an approach that consisted of three streams of redress: run their own remedial summer schools; work with the school boards and other local institutions; and work with the parents of the students. The QBBE was one of the founding member organizations of the BCCQ. It is also a member organization of the BCRC.
The mission of QBBE is to promote the development of educational services for Black youth and other youth between the ages of 5 to 25, who live in the Greater Montreal and surrounding regions. The Organization is also committed to change and improvement in the Provincial education system that will be beneficial all youth; and to the increase of Blacks teachers, administrators and education specialist in the system.
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