Soraya Hafez School in McConachie will accommodate students in Kindergarten to Grade 6.
The new school in McConachie will be named after Soraya Hafez. She has been a strong advocate for Arabic language and culture. She began teaching in the Arabic Bilingual program at Edmonton Public Schools when the program was introduced at Glengarry School in 1983. Hafez has served as president of the Edmonton chapter of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women and was an active member of the Arab Jewish Women’s Peace Coalition.
Hafez has won numerous awards of distinction for her work promoting Arabic language and culture. The Board of Trustees approved this school name, along with the names of two more new schools, at a public board meeting on May 8, 2018. Read her full biography or watch the Soraya Hafez video to learn more about her contributions and achievements.
In November, the community helped us share what they'd like the new school to look like. We've taken that feedback and developed a design concept for the new school. We shared the following proposed design concept at a public presentation on March 8, 2018.
We will be sharing the final designs and construction plan in late spring.