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RACS is considered a leader in the field of education on refugee law.

As processes and policies keep changing legal education is the key to keeping people informed on current issues as well as trying to “change the conversation” so that people better understand the human rights of asylum seekers. RACS provides a diverse array of information and training sessions to various groups in the community including lawyers, migration agents, clients, community workers, students, and the general public in a wide variety of forums.

The purpose of these activities is to increase community awareness of refugee and asylum seeker issues and the services that RACS provides. Through these educational activities, RACS seeks to facilitate more effective participation in Australia’s refugee processes. We are also in the process of broadening the delivery of our community education to the schools sector. Supporting refugee education. In general, refugee students have greater educational and support needs than most other newly arrived migrant students.

Supporting refugee education

Most refugee children and young people have had disrupted or no education prior to arrival in Australia. Many have no literacy skills in their first language and in addition may have complex health problems, including mental health issues as a result of their experiences. Schools. Art Therapy Group. In my art therapy classes today we created paintings (and some valentines) in acrylic using mostly found objects instead of brushes.

Art Therapy Group

We began by laying down a background in either dark or light paint. After letting that dry, we layered designs, dots, swirls... onto the background using sticks, forks, q-tips, fingers, etc. It was enormous fun. Youssef's story - Twitter Takeover (with images, tweets) · UNICEF. Syrian refugees: Philip Ruddock warns against 'ghettoing' as majority of extra 12,000 refugees to resettle in Sydney, Melbourne. Updated Veteran Liberal MP Philip Ruddock has warned against the "ghettoing" of thousands of Syrian refugees expected to be given new homes in Australia.

Syrian refugees: Philip Ruddock warns against 'ghettoing' as majority of extra 12,000 refugees to resettle in Sydney, Melbourne

The majority of the 12,000 extra refugees are expected to be resettled in Sydney and Melbourne, where the bulk of Australia's Syrian community lives. Reports suggest many will be housed in south-west Sydney. Member for Berowra and former immigration minister Mr Ruddock said deciding where they would live was "very complex" and it was important support services were readily available. Asylum seeker intake explained: Who will come to Australia under the Government's plan? Updated The Federal Government has announced it will accept 12,000 extra refugees affected by conflict in Syria and Iraq.

Asylum seeker intake explained: Who will come to Australia under the Government's plan?

Australia takes first step to address world refugee crisis. The Australian Government has stepped up to save the lives of 12,000 more people escaping the conflict in Syria.

Australia takes first step to address world refugee crisis

Petition now closed Almost 26,000 people signed our petition calling on Australia to offer asylum to 20,000 Syrian refugee, in addition to its existing humanitarian quota. Our petition calling on Australia to is now closed. Thank you to everyone who signed. 9169. Here's how you can help during the refugee crisis in Europe. When looking at the sheer number of refugees around the world, it's easy to become disillusioned.

Here's how you can help during the refugee crisis in Europe

According to a June report, nearly 60 million people were forcibly displaced from their homes at the end of 2014, 19.5 million of whom were refugees (up from 16.7 million in the previous year). Half of those refugees were children. And there isn't an end to the crisis in sight, due in large part to conflicts in the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa. There are currently more than 4 million Syrian refugees displaced throughout various countries, not including more than 7.6 million people internally displaced within the country.

In July, U.N. The Refugee Art Project. STILL ALIVE Exhibition. Research Doc Therapy with Refugee Children. Art Therapy without Borders Australia. Clouds Over Sidra. WHAT’S IN MY BAG? — Uprooted IRC. This year, nearly 100,000 men, women and children from war-torn countries in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia have fled their homes and traveled by rubber dinghies across the Aegean Sea to Lesbos, Greece.

WHAT’S IN MY BAG? — Uprooted IRC

Empowering Students Through Multimedia Storytelling. Perceptions of people and events are very much dependent upon who you are and what your experience has been.

Empowering Students Through Multimedia Storytelling

Events in Ferguson and Baltimore, among others, highlight our misunderstandings of each other, and how the same facts can be interpreted entirely differently. What's worse, people of color and underrepresented groups are defined by journalists covering these events, who themselves don't reflect the ethnic composition of our country as a whole. Recent studies have proven that stories can change perceptions and even make people more tolerant. Rather than wait to be defined by others, it's important that students learn to create understanding by sharing their story, their worldview, their concerns, and their triumphs with others. Groups like Youth Radio and Cause Beautiful are empowering teens in poor and minority-majority neighborhoods to become multimedia journalists. Edutopia Empower our refugee children with storytelling. Wearable technology is incredibly exciting for educators and students of all ages.

Edutopia Empower our refugee children with storytelling

In the past few years, mobile devices have found an essential place in the classroom. If you've used smartphones and tablets as instructional tools, you know how powerful these devices can be in the hands of students. Education one of the greatest losses for refugees. How Syrian Children Are Drawing and Using Art Therapy to Heal the Trauma from War. In an upscale district of Downtown Beirut, two pre-teen boys rapped in Arabic during an exhibit showcasing the artwork of Syrian refugee children. Ramzi, a 12-year-old originally from Daraa, Syria, beatboxed as his friend Ayham, also from Daraa, spit rhymes. Guests watched quietly, impressed, as the two boys recalled life before the uprising turned civil war wreaked havoc on their country. This was part of an exhibit called “Light Against Darkness,” the result of a three-month art workshop that focused on helping children overcome the trauma of war through creative expression.

Forty-three children produced about 166 works of drawings and clay sculptures, many of which depicted colorful renditions of schools, kids playing together, and families bonding. Others were not so cheery. For some children, expressing that voice on paper was no easy task. Watch "Art Therapy in A Refugee Camp" by @rustyajackson on @Vimeo #edfd459. Instant Comfort - today's art therapy project.

In my art therapy group today I brought in small match boxes - easy to carry in your pocket. The idea is to have something to remind you of good self talk when your most troublesome emotion is bothering you. The outside of the box tells what bothers you. Inside are words and phrases you can say to yourself for comfort. A Dispatch from a Syrian Refugee Camp. By Lionel Beehner A few quick and random thoughts on my recent trip interviewing refugees along the Syrian-Jordanian border and in the notorious Za’atari camp. Za’atari Refugee Camp, JORDAN: Many girls in Za’atari do not attend schools, live in female-headed households, and are married off early.

First, the refugees were not the worst off in Syria, which means those internally displaced could pose greater challenges in the long run. Those who got out either had familial connections across the border or the means to bribe their way past enough checkpoints to make it into Jordan. What can I do to help with the Refugee crisis?

Sculpture by lifetime sailor & artist Frances Bruno Catalano. Germany: 800,000 refugees - and then what? Berlin, Germany - Squeezed onto a small rubber dinghy with 12 other people, Mahmoud Kazazz held on tight to brace against the waves in the Aegean Sea and prayed. It was his third attempt to cross from Turkey to Greece by boat. On the previous two tries, the rickety vessel capsized shortly after taking off near Izmir. Soaked through, shivering in his wet clothes, and exhausted, Kazazz refused to give up. As the motorboat rattled across the water, he had one destination in mind - Germany. Germany: Refugees are falsely claiming to be Syrian.

About a third of refugees arriving in Germany who claim to be from Syria are actually not from that country, a spokesman for the German interior ministry has said. 'Always a hint of hope in uncertainty' #edfd459. A gale was blowing from the south-west as the elderly architect put on his jacket and rubber boots and went to face the elements.

Down in the bay, four metre high waves crashed against the cliffs and sent sea spray hundreds of metres across the grazing land at Norway’s southernmost tip. Syria war refugees in Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan don't all want to come here. Syrian refugees along the Serbia-Hungary border wonder ‘what’s next’? The family sat on a mat in the shade of trees in a paved area near the border.

They slept on the ground near the border the night before. “I want to go to school!” Child-Friendly Spaces - Teachers Without Borders.