What is a School or College of Sanctuary?
It is a school or college that is committed to being a safe and welcoming place for people whose lives were in danger in their own country. This means it is a school or college that helps its students, staff and wider community to understand what it means to be seeking sanctuary, and to extend a welcome to everyone as equal, valued members of the school community. It is an establishment that is proud to be a place of safety and inclusion for all.
Schools and Colleges of Sanctuary is an initiative of Bristol City of Sanctuary, which aims to:
- Promote positive attitudes within schools, colleges and their communities around people seeking sanctuary
- Support schools and colleges to take positive steps and to be proud of being places of safety and inclusion for all
- Recognise and celebrate schools and colleges that are committed to welcoming and supporting people seeking sanctuary
Why become a School or College of Sanctuary?
- Creating a sense of safety and inclusion is beneficial to all members of the school community
- It is an opportunity to create a clearer understanding of what it means to seek sanctuary and to dispel some negative myths
- It provides learning opportunities around human rights, social justice, diversity and interdependence (Global Dimension concepts)
- It strengthens race equality and community cohesion work in schools and colleges
- It is an opportunity to increase student voice and promote active citizenship
- It can augment your work to attain the Stephen Lawrence Education Standard or other inclusion initiatives
How do we become a School or College of Sanctuary?
There are three simple principles to being a School or College of Sanctuary:
1. Learn about what it means to be seeking sanctuary
2. Take positive action to embed concepts of welcome, safety and inclusion within your school, college and the wider community
3. Share your vision and achievements – be proud!
One way to embed ideas of sanctuary within your school or college is to include them in your RE/Citizenship lessons. Below we have provided some resources that have been put together by a range of people, aiming “to show how some people of faith in Bristol have lived out their conviction ‘to welcome the stranger’”. It is hoped that with these lessons students will “understand how citizens participate in bringing about change in society through democratic processes and different kinds of action” and “how beliefs are interpreted by an individual and community and become the reason why they act to challenge perceived injustice.” The lessons are planned for KS3/4. For more information on teaching about sanctuary in your RE curriculum, please visit thiswebsite.
For more information, visit this page or contact:
Forward Maisokwadzo, Development Worker
Anna Wardell, Volunteer Administrator
…or phone 0117 941 5960 and ask to speak to Forward or Anna