Journeys and Stories is a school’s engagement programme exploring the challenges faced by newcomers to Belfast. The project was developed in partnership with and piloted in Fane Street Primary School in Spring 2020.

Journeys and Stories

The project engages with classes centring around 3 travel themed workshops using a mixture of drama and visual art.  Each creative workshop used these exercises to explore ideas around pre-existing attitudes to newcomers/ refugees/asylum seekers arriving in and settling in Belfast. 

The programme uses drama-based workshops that allow the children to express their own stories as newcomers, as well as their attitudes toward newcomer children in a safe, creative, open conversation (and non-verbal expression) led by an experienced facilitator, something that is difficult to achieve in a traditional classroom setting.

The Project celebrates the diversity of people’s backgrounds, journeys and stories, while exploring techniques of how we can act as individuals/community to make people feel welcome.  It creates a safe space for newcomer children to share their experience without pressure or fear, this is a major element of the project and builds empathy among classmates.

“The project was very well run, all the children enjoyed it and felt comfortable right from the beginning. It was a great project and we would be keen to do it again. It was excellent to express thoughts, worries, feelings through art.” Vice Principal, Fane Street Primary School

Delivered in Partnership with Fane Street Primary School and Funded by:

  • Education Authority’s Intercultural Education Service
  • Comic Relief: Community Support Programme

 

Thank you to past funders:

  • Belfast City Council’s Good Relations Unit
  • The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust
  • The Belfast Cathedral Sit-Out Fund