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IN THE PRESS
Refugees’ schools project
Pensioners fact sheet
Put Yourself In
Our Shoes - Refugees's schools project
Started by Women in Dialogue in 2004, the project enables pupils and
teachers in London schools to hear directly from women seeking asylum.
Survivors share their experiences of fleeing their home countries after
witnessing their loved ones being killed, and/or suffering rape and
other persecution and torture, including separation from their children.
Since 2007 we have been working with internationally renowned
playwright Kay Adshead, to perform her plays and to dramatise women’s
experiences. Performances by pupils have been held in several schools
and at the Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn. Many school children come from
refugee families and are delighted with this acknowledgement of their
own loved ones. In 2010 we focussed on sharing experiences of “back
Anti-racist teachers have embraced the project as it welcomes diversity
and dispels racist stereotypes which can lead to bullying in and out of
school. Young people are helped to form independent views. By hearing
directly from asylum seekers, children can empathise and appreciate the
contribution that immigrants make to UK communities. Women seeking
asylum have reported
being uplifted by the children's compassionate responses, and by their recognition
of the skills and fortitude required to survive life-threatening
situations and rebuild your life.
Works for Me - Mum, auntie, sister, granny
exhibition uncovering children's perspective on the work their mothers
and other carers. Their art, always enlightening and often stunning,
revealed not only awareness but appreciation.
The Work Children Do
Children from India, Ireland, Tanzania and the UK described
their work in pictures – fetching water and firewood, working in the
fields, burning rubbish, doing their schoolwork, tidying up their rooms,
walking the dog, helping their mothers cook, looking after siblings and
parents . . . Some also described the grief of death caused by
industrial accidents and contamination, and by war.