Guest blog, written by:
Liz Hibberd MA | BA | PGCE, Education Consultant & Freelance Trainer, Refugee Integration and Support Specialist / Development Assistant, Manchester City of Sanctuary
We are really pleased that Liz has written this blog for our project.
If you would like to contact Liz about her work with refugees and asylum seekers, her email is: email@example.com
Building teacher confidence
My thesis analysed how confident teachers felt engaging in this topic and whether they felt able to discuss it and teach their students about it. Whilst it wasn’t unanimous, there was a large proportion of the teachers interviewed and who completed my survey that did not feel confident despite appreciating the need to do so. This was partly due to a lack of awareness and understanding of the issues and concern about how to integrate a sensitive and potentially controversial topic like this in to lessons. This is something I’m trying to work on now, by developing a series of training sessions that I can deliver to schools to introduce both teachers and students. Primarily to develop a more nuanced understanding of the myriad of layers that are involved in this area but also to make the arrival of refugee and asylum seeking children easier.
Global Learning and Development Education are key pedagogies that enable this insight, to critically question and appropriately challenge the status quo and begin the journey towards a greater understanding of the other and the removal of the ‘single story’ narrative.
Contact the author of this blog, Liz Hibberd: firstname.lastname@example.org
Safe Passage Community Mentor: http://safepassage.org.uk
Education and Training Lead - Refugee Children's Centres https://refugeechildrenscentres.org/
Your local Development Education Centre could help you, if you want to find out more. https://globalclassrooms.org.uk/