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By Xueting Zhao, The East York Observer - Friday, April 25, 2014

Beaches-East York District School Board Race

As the father of three school-aged children, Navarius Mombo says he understands the frustrations  that many East York families face when it comes to French immersion programs.  Because of this, he says, he has decided to run for trustee in Ward 16/Beaches-East York in this fall’s municipal election.

“I want to advocate for the voiceless, ” he said in an interview. “I am not running as an individual. I am running on issues.” Of the dozen high schools in East York or on its borders, Leaside is the only one that offers a French immersion program, Mombo said. “It is too far away for families who live in other parts of the community and is overcrowded,” he said.

If elected, Mombo hopes to create new classes at East York Collegiate to accommodate students graduating from Cosburn Middle School’s French immersion program.  Apart from the overcrowding in classes, he also plans to work on mental health issues and getting parents and students involved in helping schools excel.  “The parental engagement on the educational consequences of students is necessary,” Mombo said. “Teachers could work more meritoriously with parents to smooth healthy early youthful growth.”

Mombo has worked as an Office Services Administrator at the Ontario Pension Board and a Data Entry Operator at the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.

He is also a former Board member of Access Alliance Multicultural Health Services in Toronto.

Courtesy:  The Toronto Observer

 

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