A big thank you to Salford Schools of Sanctuary for inviting us to perform at their awards ceremony, celebrating schools that are committed to welcoming refugee children and families.
Emmanuela Yogolelo, one of our inspiring music facilitators, shared music and experiences with the school children. We loved hearing about all the amazing achievements of children from refugee backgrounds. Also learning about the work carried out by schools to support children and families and welcome them into their new communities.
Six Salford primary schools were honoured as Schools of Sanctuary for showing a genuine commitment to welcoming and effectively supporting asylum seeker children and families. Many of the schools have participated in our Harmonise schools programme, creating new work with artists and refugees.
Given the recent rise in hate crimes directed towards people from refugee backgrounds in the UK, this kind of work is more important than ever.
The award was presented by the Ceremonial Mayor and Mayoress of Salford to Light Oaks Infants School, Clarendon CP School, Lark Hill CP School, St Joseph the Worker RC School, Brentnall CP School and the Friars CP School. The wonderful celebration event took place at Buile Hill Banqueting Suite on 6th February 2019.
The event had presentations by children from each school and special awards were given to secondary school asylum and refugee children who had excelled in some way. Whether through their academic progress, attainment or contribution to school life. The nominated pupils were from Ellesmere Park High School, All Hallows RC High School, Buile Hill Visual Arts College and The Albion High School. Adult asylum seekers from Syria and The Democratic Republic of Congo told their harrowing stories but also of how communities here had helped them become survivors.
We are committed to helping more schools to use the power of creativity to overcome the effects of war, torture and armed conflict.
Join us on 24th June at Bridgewater Hall for a special performance from Harmonise, our programme in schools.