Wednesday, 19 Jun 2024

More than 150,000 UK pupils in virtual assembly about refugees

More than 150,000 British children are taking part in a virtual international assembly with Syrian youngsters – inspired by Live Aid.

The Sanctuary Foundation and World Vision are linking more than 300 schools across the country online with a camp in Jordan for the Great Big Live Assembly on World Refugee Day on June 20.

Daniel Orlova, nine, a refugee from Ukraine now living with his mother in Buckinghamshire, will help host the 20-minute event.

Schools, many of which have welcomed Ukrainian children in the past year, will then have the opportunity to follow lesson plans discussing the issues they have talked about.

The youngsters will also learn how they can fundraise to help others in need.

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Around the world, more than 36 million children have been forced to flee their homes due to war, famine and terror to seek safety.

Dr Krish Kandiah, founder of the Sanctuary Foundation, said of the initiative: “The UK has done amazingly well. We have welcomed tens of thousands of refugees and schools have taken children in and helped them settle.

“We hope to help children understand their plight. Many children spend their entire childhoods in a camp, and that is just unacceptable.

“We want to make a connection, help people here understand their humanity, and encourage British kids to see what they can do to help.

“When I was young I remember watching Live Aid and having my eyes opened to hunger and famine. It shaped the rest of my life and contributed to who I am.

“We hope this will have a lasting impact on some of the people who take part.”

Daniel left his home in Kyiv under the Homes for Ukraine scheme and now lives with his second host family in Gerrards Cross with his mother Tania, 45.

He said: “I want to talk to people and let them know no one needs to be scared. I want to share my experiences of moving to another country. We have been very welcomed.

“All wars need to be finished – we should be friends and not fight. Children will understand me when I say this because it is what
all children want. I miss Ukraine very much, I miss my friends and my dad.”

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