Refugees Welcome Schools Breakfast

29th November 2018 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Grant Thornton
Victoria House
199 Avebury Boulevard
Milton Keynes MK9 1AU
Refugees Welcome Schools Breakfast @ Grant Thornton

(Pictured are Marc Eisenstadt and Tim Norwood of Refugees Welcome MK formally thanking Dentons’ Kim Opszala for the law firm’s help with creating a constitution for the charity in 2017.)


Chaired by Kurshida Mirza and Hala Afify

  • 8.00  Buffet breakfast served
  • 8.15  Welcome from Grant Thornton, Citizens:mk and MK Mayor Cllr Petchey
  • 8.20  Testimony from refugee parents on how school was in Syria and is in MK – Maisa Alhaj, Warda and Nour  and friend (interpretation by Jamila Kaouri)
  • 8.25  Testimony from pupils – students from St. Paul’s Catholic School say why it’s important we welcome refugees, what’s it really like for refugee student Tasnim Alhaj
  • 8.35  Testimony from support workers – Kerri Chana of British Red Cross and Hasnain Datoo/Shelina Meghji of Building Bridges MK
  • 8.45 Why Refugees Welcome Schools is important – Fred Grindrod of NASUWT (Refugees Welcome Partner), and Craig Warne of NASUWT Milton Keynes Local Association
  • 8.50 How it has worked for us – video testimony of exemplar Refugees Welcome School in London/Cardiff
  • 8.55  How the accreditation works – Jess Maddocks,  Citizens UK – Refugees Welcome School
  • 9.00  Pledges from head teachers/governors to attain Refugee Welcome School accreditation (Brooklands Farm Primary School has already signed up, Southwood Primary School have it under senior management discussion)
  • 9.05  Next Step Sponsor Refugees – Tim Finch of Citizens UK and Paul Eedie (Community Sponsorship Ambassador) of Muswell Hill Methodist Church in North London
  • 9.10  Q&A
  • 9.15  End

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