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School programmes for refugee youth in primary education

Good practice in mental health and social care provisions for asylum seekers and refugees

The World United (F.C. De Wereld)

A programme for asylum seeking / refugee children aged 10 to 12 years. Aims are to strengthen the competence of refugee children in aspects like self-esteem, coping skills, social skills and adjusted behaviour, by means of creating opportunities to express themselves in a safe and familiar atmosphere. The programme consists of eight weekly sessions. The topics are: Me, My school, My home, My family, Celebrating days, Friendship, Play and Games and Me, You and We. Every session begins and ends with the The World United song. During the sessions the children make their own ME-book in which they can write about themselves and in which the products they have made during the sessions are collected. Pharos offers a training for teachers who want to carry out the programme. The World United - downloads

An international project, financed by the ERF finished at the end of 2006. Aim of the project was to disseminate The World
United. It has been translated in several languages. In 2012 the program is still running in Manchester. Final report of the ERF project

In Edinburgh the Leigh Walk Primary School did adapt the Pharos World United program. They ‘ve received the  Runners-Up Prize for citizenship programs for their version of the Pharos program. The World United - Edinburgh version 

Just show who you are (Laat maar zien wie je bent)

A programme for asylum seeking children aged 7 tot 10 years. Goal is to strengthen the affective and social competence of the participating children. The programme consists of 8 weekly sessions with mainly non-verbal working methods, intended for children who have not sufficiently made the Dutch language their own yet. The topics in the programme refer to the uncertain living conditions of children in asylum seekers centres: safety, identity, making contact with others, reliance etc. The programme was developed by an art therapist and a play therapist.

It can be carried out by regular teachers. The programme consists of a manual and a box with materials e.g. a turtle, coloured ropes and drawings to use during the sessions. The box also contains a CD with songs and a video for instruction purposes. Pharos offers a training for teachers who want to carry out the programme. This program has not been translated.