Three ESOL groups had a great time attending the launch of Refugee Week 2019. Refugee Week is an annual celebration in the UK which raises awareness of the valuable contribution of refugees to society and increases understanding on why people need to seek sanctuary. The week aims to showcase the talent that refugees bring to the UK and to educate people on the reality of their experiences, for a more cohesive society.
As part of Refugee Week, our ESOL students attended an exhibition of the artwork “A Syrian Journey”. The exhibition, opened by Councillor John Cotton, was created by Artist and Activist, Salma Zulfiqar, together with Syrian Refugees and host community members in Handsworth Wood, Birmingham. The eye opening, educational artwork showed their struggles in settling in and their needs.
The exhibition featured “Routes to Peace”, an artwork by Salma based on the Warwick University Report, and an interactive map called “Crossing the Mediterranean Sea by Boat” which calls for safe routes for migration. Some artists were actually South & City College Birmingham students on the pre foundation ESOL programme!
There were also brilliant musical performances and we got the chance to meet some refugees who took part in the project which is supported by Celebrating Sanctuary and Birmingham City Council.
Overall this was an enlightening experience for our ESOL students and we are proud to celebrate such an important week.