Refugees Welcome Schools Breakfast

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

(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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