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.
Refugee Week takes place from 18-24 June 2018. In its 20th year, the National Education Union is proud to be the first ever education union to partner. We hope you will get involved and use some of the great resources included on the new NUT Section webpage created for Refugee Week 2018.
As it is the 20th year, we hope you will talk with colleagues about the 20 Simple Actsthat schools/colleges can carry out during the week. Please share the link and resource with colleagues in your school/college now to start planning for #Simple Acts in your area.
The National Education Union has been working this year with students who are refugees. We’ve created a teaching pack called Refugee Voices – share these videos with colleagues and take a look at our staff training notes which accompany the clips to get your refugee week activities started.
Share information and photos from events that you are organising with others using #SimpleActs.
Join us at our free BFI Southbank Study Day to explore the themes of ‘home’, ‘being an outsider’ and ‘being a refugee’
Tue 05 Jun 2018 | BFI Southbank 10:30-12:45
What does ‘home’ mean to you? Have you ever felt like an outsider? What does it mean to be welcomed?
We would like to invite you and your pupils to join us on Tuesday 05 June from 10:30-12:45 at BFI Southbank for our Study Day: My Home. In this interactive event we will explore what it means to be an outsider, how we define ‘home’ and how it feels to be a refugee.
Pupils will watch an extract from Paddington and then two short films: Jemima and Johnny and Palle Alone in the World. These films will challenge their perception of what it means to find your place in the world. We will follow each film with a wider discussion around the themes of ‘finding your place in the world’ and ‘being an outsider’.
Tickets for this event are free but booking is essential as space is limited. We are especially keen to welcome schools that have significant numbers of children recently arrived from outside the UK.