London South Bank University (LSBU) will open its doors to refugees, their families, friends and supporters as part of a programme of events this Refugee Week.
To celebrate the contribution of refugees to society and encourage a better understanding between communities, LSBU is providing an opportunity for sharing skills, meeting new friends and of course, having fun on Saturday 24 June for the Refugee Week Open Day.
Dr Adrian Budd, LSBU’s Head of Division of Social Sciences, said the University was committed to social justice and wanted to ensure the refugee community in London knew there was a supportive and safe space at LSBU.
“The LSBU community is proudly ethnically diverse with students and staff from many varied backgrounds, including refugees, and to reflect our commitment to the refugee community LSBU’s Division of Social Sciences recently started work on a programme called PROMISE (Promoting Refugee Integration Support through youth Engagement ),” he said.
“The PROMISE project is funded by the EU’s Europe for Citizens Programme and comprises research institutions, local authorities, youth organisations and NGOs in the UK, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Italy, and Lithuania.
“The project aims to promote better acceptance of European decisions for refugees in host communities through awareness raising and discussion forums around key concerns.
“We do this by challenging prejudice towards refugees and promoting awareness of the importance of the 1951 UN Refugee Convention and understanding of refugee protection in Europe.”
The Refugee Week Open Day will include a chance to learn more about and join the PROMISE project as well as storytelling and craft making for families and children, talks, taster courses and workshops on urban agriculture, networks for refugees, and how to run a campaign.