Norfolk Welcomes – a day of action by schools

Norwich Schools of Sanctuary, Anglia Ruskin University, The Common Lot and Amnesty International are collaborating to organise a day of action in schools across Norfolk on Friday 20th April 2018. Norfolk Welcomes will kick off the Amnesty International Football Welcomes weekend.

Norfolk Welcomes will see schools across the county deliver assemblies and lessons to raise awareness of the experiences of displaced people such and to connect pupils with Norfolk’s rich history as a place of sanctuary and refuge. They will also be invited to hold a non-uniform day at which pupils wear green and yellow and make a voluntary contribution in order to raise money to support refugee communities locally.

For the day of action, the research team behind Come Yew In! will be joined by other citizen researchers to conduct new research, and use existing materials from Come Yew In!, to develop educational resources for primary and secondary schools.

This year’s research will centre on three themes:

Canaries, books and beer: the legacy of the Strangers (16th century Dutch and Flemish refugees)

Norwich’s history as a city of sanctuary: an examination of different waves of refugee migration over the centuries

The Canaries & Tony Gallego: Norwich City FC’s links to local refugee history (Spanish Civil War)

These resources will be complemented by lesson plans and resources from Amnesty International which explore the global refugee crisis and the contributions of refugees to the world of football.

Funding is also being sought for Postcards for Peace & The Common Lot to work with schools to develop creative and artistic responses to the refugee crisis.

Following the day of action, a Heritage Hub will be developed at to facilitate to further research by children and to house creative responses such as poetry, art and music to these stories of migration.

If you are interested in working on this project, please find more information on what it involves below:

We are having a meeting of the education and research teams at the Garnett Wolseley (Norwich Market Place), from 7.30-9.30 on Wednesday, 6th December.

If your school would like to mark the day, please get in touch. Contact Jake Brown to register interest and receive more information.

You can find out more about Amnesty International’s #FootballWelcomes here