UK / SCHOOL REFUGEE CHILDREN

09-Jan-2018 00:01:13
The community surrounding Widden Primary School in Gloucester, England, has thrown open its doors in a wider welcome to refugee children and their families. UNHCR
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STORY: UK / SCHOOL REFUGEE CHILDREN
TRT: 01:13
SOURCE: UNHCR
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 24 NOVEMBER 2017, GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
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24 NOVEMBER 2017, GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM

1. Wide shot, Widden Primary School sign
2. Med shot, Mohammed and sister
3. Wide shot, Mohammed walking with father and sisters
4. Wide shot, teacher handing Mohammed material
5. Close up, Mohammed doing math
6. Wide shot, teacher speaking to Mohammed in class
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Heather Jones, Widden Primary School:
“A sanctuary school is a school where we want children to know that they are safe, especially that they come from places where they have not been safe.”
8. Wide shot, children in assembly
9. Med shots, children sitting on floor
10. Wide shot, classroom for adults
11. Rack focus, adult students
12. Pan right, Widden Red Bus Club
13. Med shot, children entering bus club
14. Med shot, children reading in bus club
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The community surrounding Widden Primary School in Gloucester, England, has thrown open its doors in a wider welcome to refugee children and their families.

The school is one of many which have joined in the “Cities of Sanctuary” movement, which helps to integrate those who flee danger abroad into life in England. Across a decade, more than 90 cities and towns have taken part. Widden is showing how one school can shine as a beacon of diversity.

In September 2017, Widden Primary School in Gloucester was awarded the status of School of Sanctuary.

SOUNDBITE (English) Heather Jones, Widden Primary School:
“A sanctuary school is a school where we want children to know that they are safe, especially that they come from places where they have not been safe.”

The award was handed out by the “City of Sanctuary” grassroots movement, which began in 2005 in Sheffield, England. Fostering relationships between local people and those seeking refuge in Britain, the movement is a loose grouping of organisations committed to including refugees in their activities, and which adhere to its inclusiveness aims. The idea is to recognise cities, schools and groups that offer a warm welcome to people in need of safety.

There are about 50 schools with a “School of Sanctuary” status, according to the City of Sanctuary movement, which hails Widden as a beacon of multicultural diversity. There are up to 40 languages spoken at the school, where seven refugee families, including 12 children, are supported through tailored language support classes, inclusive curricula and activities. The school also provides weekly English classes to the parents and has trained staff to deal with post-traumatic stress to support newly arrived refugee children.
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