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Sunday 03 March 2019

Young City Reads Launches With Workshop Designed To Ease The Plight Of Brighton-Based Refugees

Brighton Festival and Collected Works CIC recently revealed that the title selected for this year's Big Read for schools is: The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Raúf, a book that tells the story of a young Syrian refugee Ahmet

This got Collected Works CIC thinking. What are we doing in Brighton & Hove to ease the plight of the refugees? 

Who is ensuring that some of the most vulnerable people in society, feel welcome and safe in Brighton?

Well, as it turns out there are projects doing exactly that. And Collected Works CIC reveal that we will be collaborating with Brighton based non profit Crisis Classroom on World Book Day (7th March 2019) to bring a workshop to children from City Academy Whitehawk and St John the Baptist's Primary School in East Brighton, with the support of partners Brighton & Hove Libraries. 

Young City Reads Director, Sarah Hutchings said

"Crisis Classroom believe in empowerment through education, for all refugees. 

"They work tirelessly to inspire children and adults to become more involved in their local communities to bring about greater understanding of the refugee crisis and to promote global change."

Crisis Classroom was founded upon the belief that education is a human right, not a privilege.

As a direct response to the global migrant crisis, founders Kate McAllister and Darren Abrahams spent a year in the Calais Jungle. 

They developed a program that equips volunteers with the critical skills required to become the best 'educators' they can be, before they work with refugee learners.

The Boy at the Back of the Class is the story of new boy Ahmet, a refugee from Syria, told from the point of view of one of his classmates who goes to great lengths to make friends and give Ahmet a sense of belonging. 

The unexpected adventure that follows strikes the perfect balance between humour and poignancy, topped off with a twist. 

It's a story about friendship and how naturally children celebrate, rather than fear, all our differences.

Young City Reads 2019 - Key dates:

● 7th March 2019 (World Book Day) Young City Reads launches. Targeted
schools receive free activities linked to the book's themes at Brighton &
Hove Libraries.

● 22nd May 2019 Young City Reads final celebration event at Brighton
Festival featuring Onjali Q. Raúf Live.

Refugee Themed Workshop:

● World Book Day - 7th March 2019

For further info CLICK HERE

by: Mike Cobley


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