A Day of Welcome – Refugee Week 2024

As part of Refugee Week 2024 the Federation took part in a series of special webcasts on Friday 14th. These live event formed part of ‘A Day of Welcome’, a day of solidarity and learning in schools with an aim to build a culture of welcome and understanding for refugees and asylum seekers.

The children in KS1 and lower KS2 got to meet author and refugee rights campaigner Gulwali Passarlay, who shared a story with an important message. Gulwali read BOBBLE an illustrated fable about migration and displacement. They learnt and gained an understanding of who refugees are, and explored how to make their classroom a more welcoming place. They also got to meet a real live Bobble!

Year 1-

“ I think we should say thank you if people choose to live here with us”.

Year 2 –

“I loved learning to say hello in a new language.”

“I liked in the story that Bobble helped the other character that was stuck even though they were mean to him.”

“I liked when we met his children because they were so cute and had lovely names.”

“I liked when we listened to the story.” 

In KS2 the children met award-winning children’s author and illustrator, Nadine Kadaan, who joined the event live to speak to the pupils about her work. Nadine spoke about her homeland of Syria and her own experience of leaving her country and settling in the UK.

They also looked at the book ‘The Power of Welcome’ which included true stories from Ukraine, Somalia, Bosnia, Syria and Afghanistan about the real journeys of people forced from their homes by conflict.’