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Education Not Deportation

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Everyone should have access to education, without living in fear of deportation.

Education Not Deportation (END) is a campaign and a coalition of committed people raising awareness, engaging and organizing around issues of migrant justice with schools and educators. We are students, teachers, union members and community members who have joined the movement to ensure that all students regardless of immigration status are able to access education.

END is striving for elementary and secondary schools to be safe and accessible places for all, as outlined in Section 49.1 of the Ontario Education Act (link). END works to ensure that all people have equal access and opportunity to attend colleges, Universities, ESL classes and language schools without fear of immigration authorities and deportation.

Toronto has nearly 200,000 people living and working without status. But not studying. Education is a Right for Everyone - with or without Documents!

END organizers were at schools when students and teachers organized to stop student deportations and we were at the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) when students, teachers and community allies successfully pushed for access without fear policies to be adopted in 2007. We now work to get Access Without Fear policies meaningfully implemented and adopted in every local school board and at post-secondary institutions.

The TDSB victory taught us that if we mobilize, we can win. Become part of this struggle to ensure that all people have access to education and places of learning and knowledge.


LEARN MORE. The Immigration System excludes migrants from gaining permanent status leaving many unable to pay high-fees or get admitted in to schools at all. Visit to read more on these issues.

JOIN the Education Not Deportation campaign! If you are a student in high-school looking for volunteer hours or are a University student interested in social and migrant justice, email to learn how you can get involved or start your own campaign.

INVITE us to do student workshops. We offer participatory workshops for classes and student conferences. Our workshops draw on the stories of people we work with, participatory activities and multi-media to engage students in exercising critical thinking skills about questions of social justice and world issues and can fit in most University and High School Curriculum. We do 3-5 presentations a month and are able to do more.

INVITE us to do Teacher and Staff Workshop Presentations. We have been offering Professional Development trainings for teachers and staff for the last five years and are tailored to the particular needs of workshop organizers. We work with teachers and school staff to ensure that the DADT policy is being implemented that is context-specific.

Education Not Deportation, email: end@riseup
No One Is Illegal, email:

Community demands access to education without fear

January 7, 2010
Toronto’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy remains unenforced in many schools
James Burrows, News Editor
Ryerson Free Press

No One Is Illegal believes that to label a person “illegal” is to deny them of their humanity and to create a community that is constantly in fear.

This is the message that Grade 10 students at Harbord Collegiate received when they packed into their auditorium for a presentation by No One is Illegal and a documentary entitled Education not Deportation.
No One Is Illegal describes themselves as “a group of immigrants, refugees and allies who fight for the rights of all migrants to live with dignity and respect. We believe that granting citizenship to a privileged few is part of racist immigration and border policies designed to exploit and marginalize migrants.”

A voice for kids too afraid to go to school

The Toronto Star - Nov. 24, 2009
Nicholas Keung
Immigration Reporter

Gerald and Kimberly Lizano-Sossa from Costa Rica. Mathew Nguyen from France. Rawad Reda from Lebanon. Sarah Leonty from St. Lucia.

These youths, at one point or another living without legal status in the GTA, represent the otherwise voiceless and faceless people too afraid to attend school for fear they will be detained or deported.

Three years after their publicized stories prompted the Toronto District School Board to adopt the "don't ask don't tell" policy – keeping its schools from asking a student's immigration status at enrolment – advocates say non-status students continue to be hassled or are refused enrolment.

In an attempt to better inform school employees – from principals to office clerks – about board policy, advocates, with the support of Ontario elementary and secondary school teachers' unions, have launched a self-made video.

Education Not Deportation: Video Launch, Theater, Assembly

Nov/20/2009 - 1:00 pm

Friday, November 20, 2009
(Universal Children's Day)
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Harbord Collegiate
286 Harbord Street

In May 2007, Toronto's parents, teachers, students and community
organizers won the right for non-status children to enter TDSB schools.

This makes Toronto the only city in the country where non-status children
can study.

Sounds great, right?

Except, most teachers, staff or students haven't heard about the policy
Except, migrant communities have not been informed
Except, Peel and Catholic District School Board still bar students Except, graduating students are unable to get post-secondary education

We won. But the struggle continues.
We want an Education. Stop the Deportations.

-On November 20, 2009, come to the launch of the Education Not Deportation
-Watch a performance by Jane and Finch's theater troupe Nomanzland
-Learn how community mobilization can win victories. Join the struggle
to further the fight for Status for All

UPDATE: UofT Student and his Family Deported! Fight for Don't Ask Don't Tell and Sanctuary Schools Continues


Toronto- Below the stormy skies of U of T's St.George Campus, hundreds of students, campus workers and faculty rallied outside the Sidney Smith Building to demand a stop to the deportation of Saad Alam and his family.

"I never imagined that I would get this much support from so many people," expressed the 23 year old U of T student, to a crowd of cheering supporters.

Slated for deportation in less than a week, the Alam family and supporters kicked of an emergency campaign demanding the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration use her discretionary authority to grant them a Ministerial Permit to allow them to stay in Canada.

Immigrant crackdown derails studies

Scholarship winner to be deported as Ottawa gets tough with illegals
September 22, 2008 - The Toronto Star

A crackdown by the Canada Border Services Agency after a report uncovered 41,000 unaccounted for illegal immigrants is derailing a young Bangladeshi man's last years at the University of Toronto.

Saad Alam was starting his third year of a life sciences degree with a hope of medical school in the future. The 23-year-old has lived in the GTA for five years and the U.S. for nine before that. He and his parents are being deported to Bangladesh at the end of the month.

"They're very strict about removals these days," said Anita Balakrishna, the lawyer representing the Alam family. "It's a reaction to the auditor general's report."

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