‘Small Worlds’ supports new School of Sanctuary

Small Worlds hosts with pupils from Northern Ireland's first School of Sanctuary Blythefield Primary School and their teacher

Blythefield Primary School has become Northern Ireland’s first School of Sanctuary.

To support this initiative, the school attended a Small Worlds workshop  with Belfast Friendship Club on 21 June.

The workshop helped staff and pupils understand what it means to be a refugee or asylum seeker.

Small Worlds hosts were delighted to meet such lovely students and impressed with their positive attitude to difference.

The school held a launch on 27 June to celebrate its new status.

What’s a School of Sanctuary?

A School of Sanctuary works to create a safe and welcoming place for all, especially those seeking refuge and safety.  For example, this could be people:

  • whose lives were in danger in their own country,
  • or who have troubles at home,
  • or who are just looking for a space of safety.

As part of their journey, Blythefield has:

  • connected with other schools from around the world,
  • celebrated Chinese New Year,
  • created a Friendship Club,
  • hosted international student teachers,
  • held a series of Small World workshops,
  • learned African drumming, and
  • created a sanctuary garden.

Read more about how Blythefield Primary School did it.

Congratulations, Blythefield, on showing the way!

Posted in diversity, Inclusion, integration and participation, refugees, Small Worlds workshops