Present Projects

Rights Respecting Schools
Sans Frontières/Sin Fronteras! – French & Spanish engaging with the wider world
Embedding the global dimensions and sustainable development in the Secondary Curriculum
York Young Peoples' Action Group

Recent Projects

9 x 9 x 9: Building Global Connections
DARE
Trade Justice
Better by the Year
RE-viewing the World
Widening the Circle

WHAT HAVE MIGRANTS DONE FOR YORKSHIRE?

(Migration Project kindly funded by Scurrah Wainwright Foundation and Awards4All)

Background information about our organisation:

CGE York is a small charity that aims to promote a global perspective to learning which provides an 'EDUCATION FOR A JUST AND SUSTAINABLE FUTURE’. Working in local communities our services enable, empower and improve people’s lives with skills and knowledge that impact at an individual level and aim to strengthen community. This is achieved through activities such as workshops, training days and conferences that promote an awareness of the causes of poverty/conflict/social injustice and challenge and encourage participants of all ages to adopt a global, community focused mind-set.

The nature of our project: 

The main aim of the project ‘What have migrants done for Yorkshire? ’ is to directly benefit the community by challenging and educating people about the real and positive contribution that refugees and asylum seekers have made. The project was born as a consequence of the mounting refugee crisis that continues to dominate the UK media and political arena. This in turn impacts on our personal response which may be influenced by media frenzy, scare mongering and misinformation. There is a failure to recognise that the UK has always been a country associated with migration. This project challenges misconceptions and shares its resources and impact through our website and Facebook Page. These are dedicated to the contributions of past and present Yorkshire based migrants.

The project:

  • Created a Migration workshop that was delivered to community groups in York and the surrounding areas. The content shared the ‘push and pull’ factors connected with why a person migrates as well as clarifying terminology and grounding the activities in human rights. 
  • Allowed the voices and stories of migrants to be heard first-hand and as a consequence challenged misconceptions, discrimination, racism and inequality.
  • Improved communication between people allowing issues of distrust and fear associated with migration to be addressed.
  • Permitted personal reflections and responses to the crisis and considered possible solutions/answers in the light of human rights and global citizenship.
  • Benefitted Yorkshire community by raising awareness and appreciation of the importance of cultures, traditions and shared values that enrich, strengthen and add support to the community. A project outcome is the sharing of our migration activities and stories.
  • Promoted equality, mutual respect and consideration that nurture community cohesion.
  • Helped create greater social cohesion/integration as a result of cultural interaction. (A celebratory conference is due to take place in 2018).
  • Enabled the workshop content to be freely downloaded from the CGE website, ensuring that the benefits and impact are sustainable and can be used by other groups and communities.

Information about the project has been sent to Scurrah Wainwright Charity(SWC) giving details of the 33 workshops and 900+ participants that have been involved. Key findings include a lack of awareness by participants of the positive impact migrants have made and continue to make to Yorkshire and rest of the UK. We are extremely grateful to the migrants who have been part of this project. We thank them for their courage in sharing their stories and allowing them to be heard by others. A fuller report will be presented to our other funder Awards4All in the Spring of 2018. To read the cover letter sent to SWC please click here. For the SWC project report click here.

MIGRANT STORIES

Below are the stories of people who were not only brave enough to travel to a new place, learn another language, immerse themselves in another culture but also wanted to share their story so others know that they are not alone! Pick click on the person's name to download the story.

BAHAAR'S STORY

MILDA'S STORY

CYNTHIA'S STORY

ROUA'S STORY

MIREILLE'S STORY

YESMIN'S STORY

MOHAMED'S STORY

SHRIKANT'S STORY

MADHU'S STORY

 

Embedding the global dimensions and sustainable development in the Secondary Curriculum

“I want to learn about real things that are happening in our world”

“The problems in the world are massive and scary. I want to make sense of them and why they are happening”

“It’s important to learn about the planet when we’re young because we have big imaginations”

…….quotes taken from recent MORI pupil survey on behalf of DEA and pupil voices in QCA global and sustainable planning guides (2007/9).

CGE has funding for the next 3 years from DFID to work in partnership
with 6 secondary schools to develop the global dimension and
sustainable development into the secondary curriculum

Schools will specifically benefit with:

  • Support in planning and running thematic days or weeks at KS3 to deliver the GD/SD incorporating the Millennium Development Goals
     
  • Support to connect the GD/SD to the other six whole curriculum dimensions of Identity and Cultural Diversity, Healthy Lifestyles, Community Participation, Technology and the Media, Enterprise, Creativity and Critical Thinking. Recognising “Individual dimensions should not be considered in isolation as they are often interdependent and mutually supportive” QCA 2008
     
  • Support to develop planning at KS3 by providing exemplar cross curricular themes and topics which can be customised for your own school
     
  • Enabling teachers to access CPD in school to support the above and also to develop further participatory teaching and learning approaches leading to developing critical thinking skills and more coherent learning experiences for pupils.

Further details from Mick Bradley:
Tel: 01904 876838
e-mail: m.bradley@yorksj.ac.uk

Charity Registration Number 1155653