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

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

Pupils at St Denis Primary in Dennistoun will be carrying out a variety of Simple Acts to increase their understanding of refugees and asylum seekers for this year’s Refugee Week Scotland. Pupils will take part in activities ranging from African drumming to food tasting throughout the week. The school is also holding a Multicultural Day on Friday 18 June. 

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 learning a few words in another language. 

Anne Gaughan, a teacher at the school, said: “The children will be participating in various activities throughout Refugee Week, exploring issues refugees face. This, together with experiences such as drama and dance workshops, African drumming, food tasting, mendhi and many more, will help them value their own and other cultures, fostering a better understanding of citizenship and a deeper respect for each other”.

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.


Highlights include:


  • Back and Forth and Hope (is a thing with feathers)

Professionals musicians and dancers come together with a cast of people seeking with a cast of people seeking asylum, refugees, and migrants in these vibrant productions.

Saturday 19 June, Tron Theatre, 8pm


  • Talking About Jane Austen in Bagdad: Meet authors May Witwit and Bee Rowlatt and hear the real story of their unlikely friendship and the plan they hatched to help May escape the bombings of Baghdad.

Thursday 17 June, Mitchell Library, 6pm


  • My Bit: A new show by Ankur Productions, PANGAA Project and the award winning Ignite theatre explores the joys and fears of living in Glasgow using music and movement.  Performed by a talented and international young cast.

Thursday 17 June, Tron Theatre, 2pm and 7,30pm