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PAST INITIATIVES

Refugees’ schools project

Exhibitions of
 children’s art

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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 home”.

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.

       


 Who Works for Me - Mum, auntie, sister, granny

      

Anti-racist, anti-sexist 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.

 

 

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