World Refugee Week 2017
Hello, and Happy Refugee Week!
Some may not have known it is currently Refugee Week - 19th June to 25th June - and others (including myself) may be wondering what Refugee Week is all about. Most of what is spoken about refugees is primarily from media coverage. So what can this week offer, and what can we learn from it?
If you don’t know much about what Refugee Awareness Week is about, here is information from the website:
‘Refugee Week takes place every year across the world in the week around World Refugee Day on the 20 June. In the UK, Refugee Week is a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities’
Whilst we are nearing the end of Refugee Week, if you have some time over the next couple of days, here is how to get involved.
These resources are provided to use in class and incorporate into teaching for students. Learning about refugees and the crisis doesn’t have to wait for the awareness week - it’s a very important part of our current affairs. There are some fun exercises to include in a spare half an hour in the week!
The Southbank Centre in London have been holding exhibitions and shows to celebrate the week, and on their website you can find out what they have left, or simply read up on the articles they have posted with those participating in the week. This Saturday they are holding a Refugee Workshop at midday.
Check their website for past events and others that are coming up. I hope everyone can learn something new this week, and Refugees can have an opportunity to speak and be valued.