The National Education Union (NEU) is partnering with Liberty in its campaign to stop the Department for Education passing pupil data to the Home Office, without the knowledge of pupils and parents, for immigration control.
Although the NEU’s campaign to stop nationality and country of birth data being collected from parents as part of the school census was successful, other pupil and family data is still being disclosed.
Parents provide this information to schools without being told it may be passed on. The NEU believes that this secret data sharing undermines the relationship of trust between members, pupils and families. Fear that school data may be passed on means some children are kept at home and are unable to access their internationally recognised right to education.
The NEU has signed a pledge demanding that the Government commits to a firewall – a guarantee that personal data will not be shared with the Home Office for immigration control purposes.
Over 3,000 refugees are currently sleeping rough in Northern France, and temperatures are rapidly dropping. Some as young as 13, with no access to clean clothes, water or shelter. So this holiday season our goal is to provide each and every one of these refugees with a warm winter coat. To do this we URGENTLY need your help.
We are asking everyone to look in your cupboards for a winter coat that you no longer wear.
Take a picture of yourself holding up this coat and post it on social media with a message such as:
“Show you @Care4Calais by donating a coat to a refugee this winter #Coats4Calais”
Donate your coat at your nearest drop off point – see here
If you don’t have a coat to donate you can buy a coat to keep a refugee warm all winter for just £25 here
Let’s keep people warm this winter!
To start a collection download a poster or leaflet here
This Christmas we have found a way to make your Christmas shopping easy and give refugees in Northern France what they need most. By buying one (or more!) of the gift vouchers in our Christmas shop you will be helping to make this winter a little more bearable. You’re also showing the generosity and kindness that all refugees need.
Has your school put Refugee Week into the calendar for 2018/19 yet? It takes place from 17-23 June next year and the NEU is once again the only education union supporting it. We are planning some exciting activities for schools to get involved in and resources they can use. More information to follow in the new year.
As winter begins to set in, the refugees are facing yet another tough time in Northern France. This time of year is particularly worrying for us, and the wellbeing of the refugees is of huge concern.
Our main aim is to keep as many people as warm as possible by distributing shelter and warm clothes, but we cannot do this without our wonderful volunteers. We are urgently appealing for more volunteers to come and help us continue with our vital work.
Refugees are relying on our support and we need you to make sure we don’t let them down.
Amnesty International human rights education toolkit on US family separation
Amnesty International have developed a global action asking children and teenagers across the world to send messages of solidarity to the children who have been separated from their families in the United States. The resource is for teachers and will help students in schools understand better what is happening with the US immigration policy of detaining and separating children from asylum-seeking families, and invites classes to take positive action through messages of solidarity. Download the toolkit for schools here.
The organisation Care4Calais provides essential aid and support to refugees in Northern France and other areas. They work directly with refugees to make sure they get the social interaction, warm meals, clothes and other necessities that they deserve. Right now, Care4Calais needs your, and your Division or Association’s, help to put together packs with daily essentials that refugees can carry with them. Find out more about the organisation and the appeal here.