Pupils at Balornock Primary get in on the act for Refugee Week Scotland

Pupils at Balornock Primary get in on the act for Refugee Week Scotland

Pupils at Balornock Primary in Springburn will be carrying out several Simple Acts to increase their understanding of refugees and asylum seekers for this year’s Refugee Week Scotland. Primary 2 pupils at the school will be doing drama and art work around the theme of “refuge”, while other classes will be learning a few words in a different language or sharing stories from other countries.

The Simple Acts campaign aims to inspire people to use small, everyday actions as a way to change perceptions of refugees and asylum seekers. It is one of a number of activities taking place around Refugee Week, which kicks off on June 14.

Scottish Refugee Council is asking schools around Glasgow to join in by carrying out a simple action that will help to build understanding about refugees.  These actions include sharing a story from a different culture, or finding out a few facts about refugees. 

Christine McCandlish, Deputy Headmistress at the school, said: “Refugee week is a very important and relevant event for Balornock Primary especially as our school is the closest school to the Red Road flats and we have a large number of pupils who are asylum seekers and refugees. We have over twenty different languages spoken by children at our school and we have all benefited from the wonderful diversity the different cultures and languages bring to the school.

Refugee week contributes effectively to our work on furthering our understanding and knowledge of our role as global citizens and of our place in the world.  It also gives us a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and value the wide diversity of cultures in our school.”

Belinda McElhinney, Refugee Week Scotland coordinator, said: ‘Simple Acts are taking place all around the UK for Refugee Week. They are a great way for people to get involved and think more about why refugees come to our country.’

Refugee organisations across the UK are inviting the public to carry out a Simple Act for Refugee Week, which takes place between 14 and 20 June.

There are over 100 events taking place at venues across Scotland as part of Refugee Week. These include film-screenings, exhibitions, theatre and musical events. You can find out more at www.refugeeweekscotland.com

For more details contact Clare Harris or Karin Goodwin on 0141 223 7927, or 07734 030763. Email media@scottishrefugeecouncil.org.uk

 

Notes to Editors

 

Refugee Week Scotland is co-ordinated by Scottish Refugee Council, an independent charity dedicated to providing advice, information and assistance to asylum seekers and refugees living in Scotland. www.scottishrefugeecouncil.org.uk

 

Refugee Week  is a UK-wide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities. Refugee Week 2010 will take place from June 14 to 20.

 

The purpose of Refugee Week is to deliver positive educational messages that counter fear, ignorance and negative stereotypes of refugees, through arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and promote understanding about the reasons why people seek sanctuary.

 

Refugee Week was first held in 1998, and was created in response to the increasingly negative perceptions of refugees and asylum seekers held by the general public in Britain. It remains the only UK-wide event that promotes the importance of sanctuary and the benefits it can bring to both refugees and host communities.

 

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