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Refugee Week 2011

HEC ran a two-hour workshop with Tower Hamlets schools in June 2011. The session explored the experiences of refugees through looking at identity, community, citizenship and positive images of refugees in the media. We went through a series of different activities. Here are some examples of what you can do.

 
 

Values line: An activity with children

Aims: To get children to discuss their views, come to an agreement in a group, represent the groups views, make a presentation, think about the issues of representing the views of a group.
Click here to see values line instructions   

 
 

News item Refugee Week Workshop in Schools Summer 2011

Refugee Week is a UK wide programme of events celebrating the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encouraging better understanding between communities: www.refugeeweek.org.uk

This year is the 60th anniversary of the Refugee Convention. In order to mark the occasion, the theme of Refugee Week for this year was 60 Years of Contribution. As part of the celebration, HEC Global Learning Centre offered Tower Hamlets schools a workshop during Refugee Week.

Several Schools benefited from the workshop. They explored the experiences of refugees through looking at identity, community, citizenship and positive images of refugees in the media. The students and teachers were surprised by the contributions of refugees within British culture. They listen to real life stories from refugees and the experiences that many have gone through.

The morning started and ended with an evaluation activity, with results indicating that students now understood that most refugees in the world do not flee to the UK. After looking at an animation from the Simple Acts campaign, students made suggestions about how refugees should be made welcome in school and the community. This included playing football, skipping and other games; drawing and learning together and inviting them home. You can watch the ’Do one simple act’ animation on www.refugeeweek.org.uk/simple-acts

Email Sharifa Khanom at HEC: sharifa.khanom@towerhamlets.gov.uk 

 

 
 

International Justice, Human Rights and Voting Event at Tower Hamlets Town Hall

As part of Refugee Week 2009, HEC hosted a event celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of the Year of the Child, and the twentieth anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (inspired by the work and life of Korczak).
Click here to see the Question Time from the event

Two class activities that look at the importance of international justice in creating a world where no one needs to flee. The first is a group jigsaw activity to explore if Charles I should be tried for human rights crimes (based on the book by UN Judge Geoffrey Robertson), the second is a simple activity about how to ensure voting is a fair process.
Click here to view the Refugees, international justice and voting.pdf