New Zealanders from refugee backgrounds participating fully in New Zealand life
New resource from ChangeMakers Refugee Forum: How bullying affects us: refugee-background youth talk back.
Settling into a new school can be difficult for anyone, but young people from refugee backgrounds can find it particularly hard. Bullying is not just about getting beaten up. It can include name-calling, intimidation and ostracism. For refugee-background young people, it includes being mocked for their accent, their clothing, the colour of their skin.
How bullying affects us: refugee-background youth talk back is a resource that explores the impact of bullying on refugee-background high school students.
ChangeMakers and Voice Arts Trust worked with Collabor8 – a group of eight refugee-background youth who live in the Wellington region – documenting Collabor8's views about bullying and designing a drama, which was performed on World Refugee Day 2011.
Insights into life as a refugee-background student as well as Collabor8’s performance are now available on dvd to schools, communities, and organisations. A booklet with information about how bullying affects refugee-background youth and bullying as a human rights issue comes with the dvd. It includes discussion guides for educators, schools, families and communities, and a comprehensive list of places to go for more information and support.
The dvd and booklet are for now available for sale
$10 for individuals / $20 for schools and ngos / $30 for government agencies. Click here to download an order form. If you’d like to order copies of this resource, or if you have any questions, contact Farida Abdulahi via email email@example.com or 04 801 5812.
Our Board members with Wellington Mayor Justin Lester and MP Golriz Ghahraman
Our Board is governed by people from refugee backgrounds who represent the interests of former refugees generally rather then their communities specifically. We also have 20% representation from other communities.