PIZZA SHOP HEROES
Four former unaccompanied child refugees from Eritrea,
Afghanistan and Albania working your average shift in your average pizza shop
take us on a journey across time and continents to show how extraordinary they
are. Having told their stories to social workers and courts as part of their
asylum claims, they are now reclaiming them.
Forced Migration Review issue 62 on ‘Return’, plus mini feature on understanding and addressing root causes of displacement
Deadline for submission of articles: Monday 17 June 2019
Maximum length: 2500 words
As one of the three ‘durable solutions’, voluntary return in safety and dignity has been a core tenet of the international refugee regime since the signing of the 1951 Refugee Convention, and is also reaffirmed in the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement. Debates around the subject are complex, touching on political, legal and socio-economic questions as well as the central principle of non-refoulement and the humanitarian imperative to ensure that returns are informed, safe, voluntary and dignified.
This new issue of FMR will provide a forum for practitioners, advocates, policymakers, researchers and those directly affected to look at recent developments, share experience and good practice, debate perspectives and offer recommendations.
Mohib Ullah, who is leading on the project for RefuAid told us, “We are working with one of our partner schools in Liverpool and will be starting an OET (Occupational English Test accepted by the General Medical Council as an alternative to IELTS for re-qualification) course for healthcare professionals after Easter. The course will be 6 hours a week and will initially run for 6 weeks, starting on Wednesday the 24th of April. We welcome applications from refugee/asylum seeker doctors, nurses and midwives etc. They can also email me in person at email@example.com I will be happy to answer any questions they may have. During the course, we will pay travel expenses up to £500, and the exam fee when applicants are deemed as exam-ready by their tutors.”
Action for Refugees think that this is a brilliant initiative with potentially great benefits to candidates and the communities they will serve. We wish RefuAid every success with this important programme.
Learn how to teach and support young people across the globe affected by violence, conflict or displacement.
This free, online course developed by the British Council is designed to help teachers support students who are dealing with trauma.
Experienced teachers talk about the challenges, what they have learnt and the strategies they have used when teaching migrant and refugee learners both in countries affected by conflict and in host countries. All teachers and volunteers working with refugees and migrant learners can find ideas and strategies that can be used to better understand learners. The course helps to build inclusive classrooms and develop learners’ confidence, taking into account the languages they know and their cultures.
Click here to find out more.
Professor Vicky Duckworth would like to share and celebrate Awor’s inspirational story – reflecting on the power of education to empower those whose voices can often be invisible or / and pathologised in the troubling dominant media discourse.
Can you donate a coat to keep a refugee warm this winter?
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.
As part of the International Day for Tolerance, our friends at Manchester Metropolitan University and PAPYRUS Team cordially invite you to this event which aims to:
* promote organisations working with refugees, asylum-seekers and displaced people
* create an open, listening and debating space for practitioners, researchers, stakeholders and relevant NGO’s in the broad areas of work with refugees and displaced people to come together and learn
* value perspectives from across various sectors and create opportunities for new connections, creativity and engagement
* create a productive place for learning about new areas and sharing materials and resources helpful in work with refugees and displaced people.
Visiting from Goldsmiths’ University, last week Dr Julia Hope shared with the faculty her wealth of experience from her PhD research and a decade as a ‘refugee teacher’, working with children from a refugee background in the classroom.
Her paper explored the range of ways in which children’s books can support children with a refugee background to recognise themselves in fiction, as well as the opportunity for children without these experiences to develop empathy and understanding. Her examples demonstrated that even very young children can through discussion and art demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of the reasons people leave, and what it might be like to come to a new classroom, a new school, a new country.
Feedback from the session was excellent. One delegate stated, ‘Excellent session – thoroughly enjoyed it. Thankyou!’ Another, who is a trainee teacher commented, ‘We need more talks like this.’ Students and staff plan to read more of the titles Julia included in her presentation, approaching them critically, and seeking to undertake research in the area. Others reflected on the way the session would help in the classroom to work with refugee families and children.