Today sees the start of Refugee week, which runs from the 16th to the 22nd June. Now in its sixteenth year, the UK-wide celebration is specifically designed, as the organisers say themselves, to “create better understanding between different communities and to encourage successful integration enabling refugees to live in safety and to continue making a valuable contribution to the UK”. Showcasing the diversity of the UK, events take place across the country and include music, arts, theatre and film. More information can be found here on their website, which is well worth a look. They have an abundance of educational resources to support teaching and include interesting ways of approaching the idea of exile and asylum with your class.
This year’s theme is ‘Different Pasts, Shared Future’ and takes a specific look at the contributions (and future contributions!) of refugee children and young people within the UK.
One of our book choices to explore alongside any refugee-themed study would be Azzi in between by Sarah Garland (Frances Lincoln, £12.99 hardback, 9781847802613). Forced to leave their home in the wake of conflict, Azzi and her parents must travel in search of safe, leaving friends and family behind. As the story unfolds, Azzi must come to terms with her new life in a country that is not her own. The book handles a difficult subject in a tender way and would make a great discussion title for a key stage 2 class.