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.
The Runnymede Trust has developed a website presenting the often untold stories of the generations of migrants to the UK and celebrating the richness of contributions made, and lives lived, by Britain’s many migrant groups.
It is primarily designed to support teachers and students studying migration to Britain. There are classroom activities, lesson plans and lesson activities.
Pupils’ nationality data will no longer be collected as part of the school census
The Windrush fiasco has finally exposed the regressive, draconian and heartless immigration policies pursued by Theresa May, first as Home Secretary and latterly as Prime Minister. Congratulations to members who helped bring the Home Office’s latest outrage to the surface and signed petitions to force a discussion in the Commons. Congratulations too to everyone who fought to keep the Government’s noxious immigration policies outside school gates.
We are pleased to report that the Government has finally bowed to pressure from teachers and school staff, parents and student groups and will no longer collect data on pupils’ nationality and country of birth.
Our joint campaigning with Schools Against Borders for Children has proved successful. I spoke at a national meeting about the campaign and the Union was part of proposed legal action against the plans.
The NEU and students groups continue to call on the Government to destroy all existing nationality and country of birth data held by schools and the DfE so that it is not disclosed to the Home Office or police at some future date and without the knowledge of data subjects.
Message from local member Andy Brown of Care4Calais:
A group of volunteers went from Newham and Redbridge to work at Care4Calais last week. Attached please find a diary of our week, to let you know how things are and to show the wide range of activities in a typical Care4Calais week.
This time, thanks to your support, we were able to take £500 worth of new jackets (reversible fleeces and waterproofs). We also took 400 euros, which was used to supply material in the warehouse and fuel for the vehicles for the whole week. Thanks to all who donated goods or money, bought T shirts and badges etc. A particular shout out this time to local members of the Society of the Sacred Heart, who have arranged for a separate £1000 donation to Care4Calais from their ministry fund.
We are sending two cars to Calais with volunteers to work at Care4Calais on Saturday April 28th for the day. One will leave at 5am and the other at 6am, returning by 10pm. We have some spare seats at the moment. If you’d like to come, please email back. Donations also welcome, especially of money. The idea that day is to distribute 750 specially made packs containing clothes, toiletries and food.
A group from Newham and Redbridge were in Calais on December 9th-10th working from the Care4Calais warehouse.
Thanks first to the many who contributed to the trip from our area. We were able to take over a donation of 1000 euros and all the vehicles were packed high with donations of clothing and other material for the Care4Calais winter appeal. Many donations came from individuals, some of which were very generous. Special thanks too to those who collected among their friends and networks and bought and sold the Paddington Bear T shirts, especially the Society of the Sacred Heart and Tower Hamlets GP network. We are well on our way to another thousand euros for the next visit. Others did collections or sold shirts at work, including at Connaught School, London Transport and Horniman museums, Imperial College and in the Tower Hamlets Drug Intervention team.
The weekend was a major operation. We had over 120 volunteers working from the warehouse, with large groups from Newham, Redbridge, Waltham Forest, Islington, Haringey and South London as well as a coachload of students organised by Stand Up to Racism and people from as far away as Wigan, Manchester and Wakefield. On Saturday large distributions of individual food and clothing packs were made at four different sites in Calais. There was also a distribution in Dunkirk and another team did a big clean up of the site there. A group visited the centre for unaccompanied minors in St Omer, where there are currently around 50 child refugees, taking clothing and footwear as well as games and art materials. Thousands of pounds were donated from collections like ours all over the country. On Saturday night, some of the refugees from Afghanistan, Eritrea and Sudan (including a thirteen year old boy) spoke at a meeting with the volunteers, where we saw the excellent new documentary, Calais Children – a Case to Answer.
Sunday morning in Calais saw heavy snow, high winds and an icy sleet that went on all day. Conditions for the hundreds sleeping out in the woods and on waste ground were just appalling. Distributions took place again at four sites, this time of winter coats, boots and bivvy bags. We were frozen to the bone by the end of the day, yet we were going home to warmth and security. For the refugees, a whole winter in these conditions awaits.