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Migrant children: stories, drama and education

More than a year ago, ‘Child migrant stories’ told the story of minors from across the globe arriving in the United Kingdom. Today, that material seeks to help teachers discuss migratory topics in their classrooms. A launch will be held on 6 June.

 

ayuda-humanitaria-ninos-pixabay Turkey, Cyprus, Brazil, El Salvador, Poland, Italy, Ireland, Vietnam, Jamaica, Antigua, Guinea, Nigeria, Ruanda, Yemen, Somalia, India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. Those are some of the countries where children between the ages of 5 and 17 come from to end up settling in East London.

Some of the minors who have arrived in the United Kingdom between 1930 and the present day come alone; others arrive with their families and some come to be reunited with relations after years of separation.

There are stories of resilience, war, poverty and discrimination, which, from February 2016, have formed part of Child migrant stories, a project that exists thanks to the work of writer, researcher and photographer Eithne Nightingale.

These were the dramatic but also humorous stories that led to the creation of four films, which were shown in cinemas, museums, schools, universities, festivals and other community centres.

The aim of the screenings has always been the same: to bring up the issue and then discuss the crisis of child migrants throughout the world.

ayuda-humanitaria-nina-girl-pixabayAnd now, in its second stage, the project “Child Migrants Welcome?” seeks to explore the negative and positive experiences of recently arrived minors, underlining the importance of friendship, respect of differences and the reactions of children towards migration. With that objective, a page has been set up for anyone who wants to contribute their story.

Nevertheless, to try and better integrate all of the material into a society like that of the British, “Child migrant stories” seeks to turn itself into an educative resource that helps teachers in their classrooms. At the end of the day, the films are important points of departure to generate dialogue and discussion between students.

The initiative will therefore be launched on 6 June, where part of the material will be screened, and group representatives will present aspects of the project.

Date: Tuesday, 6 June 2017, 6:30 pm. Place: Hackney Museum, 1 Reading Lane, London, E8 1GQ. Further information here.

PhotoS: Pixabay 

(Translated by Abaigh Wheatley – email: abaighwheatley@hotmail.co.uk)

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