We Cannot Walk Alone – Refugee Week 2021 | Adult Learning Wales

We Cannot Walk Alone – Refugee Week 2021


This year, the theme for Refugee Week 2021 is ‘We Cannot Walk Alone’, inspired by a quote from Martin Luther King’s iconic ‘I have a dream’ speech in which he explains that the struggle for rights and respect transcends ethnicity and ask us to consider our interconnectedness.

Some refugees enter the UK as asylum seekers before gaining refugee status, following from an action in our last AGM, our South East Regional Manager Jayne Ireland proposed the creation of a support fund from which asylum seekers might benefit. Jayne says, “Asylum seekers are one of the most marginalised groups in Wales. Due to the restrictions placed on them they are not able to access public funds. Although asylum seekers can access educational activities, they cannot access any funding to support their learning, such as travel, childcare etc. We hope that by creating this fund we will be able to help with these needs.”

In celebration of Refugee Week (which is extending the celebrations into July), our learners have been discussing and writing down their dreams in their Conversation Clubs with tutors Yasmin Rehman and Angharad James. Amy Binnell, CDO for the Steps to Success and Integration Project says, “During Refugee Week the tutors asked the learners in the Conversation Clubs to carry out the Simple Act of Having a Chat. Simple Acts are everyday actions we can all do to stand with refugees and make new connections in our communities. The learners wrote down their hopes and dreams for the future and shared these with the group. This was inspired by the theme of Refugee Week ‘We Cannot Walk Alone’, from the Martin Luther King speech, ‘I have a dream’.”

We’d like to extend our congratulations to Amy and her learners in raising awareness of Refugee Week and working so well.

Click here to go to our AMIF Facebook group to see some activities from Refugee Week.

Anyone can get involved by organising or taking part in an event or activity. It is a UK-wide programme of arts, cultural and educational activities to celebrate the contribution of refugees and asylum seekers in the UK and nourish connections between communities.

For more information about Refugee Week, please visit www.refugeeweek.org

This project is part funded by the European Asylum Migration Integration Fund. Making management of migration flows more efficient across the European Union.

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