Teddy bear helping refugee kids settle in Canada

Teddy bear helping refugee kids settle in Canada

A bilingual teddy bear is being used to tackle what Canada calls the "formidable" language obstacle faced by Syrian refugees integrating into the country.

The bear's name is Ahlan, which means welcome in Arabic, and it can say dozens of phrases in both Arabic and English.

The cuddly toy is designed to be a source of comfort and a way for young refugee children to learn the language quickly and feel more secure in their new surroundings.

The pilot project involves 120 children, but it could soon be taken up by the thousands of Syrians that flee to Canada every year.

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