Whilst refugees have always belonged to Europe's history, the crisis as we know it, starting in 2015, has sparked new debate and shaped politics across the region. That's just one reason why we believe the topic ought to be discussed with young people. There are myriads of lessons to be learnt from refugees, such as adaptability, resilience and courage.
We don't just want to inform young people of the crisis; as the next generation of voters, we are striving to broaden our horizons, educate ourselves and test our preconceptions. Read more to find out how we're working with schools and universities to share lessons of the refugee crisis.
The refugee crisis is a difficult topic to bring to the classroom. We use our experience as students to the best of our ability, ensuring our workshops are informative, discursive and energetic.
One photo here shows part of our codebreaking activities; codes are used in our workshops to imitate the way in which a refugee may have to decipher a foreign language, such as Greek, upon arrival in Europe. This is just one method which we use to help students understand the journey of a refugee once in Europe, and the difficulties that it brings.
Discussion is a key aspect of our workshops. Our opinions differ depending on our own experiences, cultures, upbringings, and we encourage students to take this into account when reading politics. The coins photo is visual depiction of the refugee population around the world, according to what a group of secondary-school students had seen on the news. Students are often surprised to learn of how vast the refugee crisis is, and how little of it is covered by the media.
"It's been a pleasure working with SolidariTee this year. They have been running workshops at Oppidan Camps, educating the children on the difficulties faced by refugees, but entwining this into a creative t-shirt painting session to help engage the children. The staff are incredibly friendly and professional, with a clear goal and passion for this charity."
Felicity McDonald, Events and Camp Manager - Oppidan Education
School Visits, Talks and Panel Discussions
We like to tackle the tricky questions. Experts in the refugee crisis have travelled straight from the field to give talks and panel discussions for SolidariTee in the UK. These talks usually take place at universities, where students are eager to learn more about the asylum process, and volunteer experiences. We've also made a handful of school visits to share SolidariTee's story, and to bring a young voice to the topic of the refugee crisis.
One hears passionate speakers describe the horrors of the refugee crisis- the injustice, torment and pain. However, one does not so often hear young, passionate students construct a method to solve these issues. Tiara, who explained what she saw when she visited the refugee camps in Greece, not only understood these problems but was able to see how the provision of legal aid could help these refugees to seek asylum. Her inspirational speech left the school in awe of how her compassion and intelligence has led to the creation of a thriving charity.
We're always talking about the refugee crisis! If your school, society, university or business is interested in a talk or a workshop, please reach out to us. We have representatives all across the UK that are able to spread the word.