Teaching about Refugees

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 12 October 2021 > Webpicks

The Walk with Little Amal project aims to raise awareness of the plight of refugees and particularly refugee children. As Amal makes an 8,000 km journey across Europe on foot, the project hopes to help other children think about the issue, and they’ve provided lots of educational tools to help teachers explore the topic in … Continue reading “Teaching about Refugees”

Bigger Than Us

Posted by Speakeasy News > Sunday 10 October 2021 > What's On

This inspiring documentary features teen activists around the world who see a problem and try to fix it. From Malawi to Colorado they are fighting pollution, opposing child marriage, supporting education, freedom of speech and sustainable agriculture and demanding rights for the planet and indigenous people. Melati Wijsen and her sister founded Bye Bye Plastic … Continue reading “Bigger Than Us”

2021 Nobel Prize for Literature Turns the Spotlight on East Africa

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 07 October 2021 > What's On

The 2021 Nobel Prize for Literature has been awarded to Abdulrazak Gurnah from Tanzania, whose own experience of colonialism and exile have informed his ten novels as well as short stories and academic works. Gurnah was born in 1948 and brought in the island nation of Zanzibar off the coast of East Africa. At the … Continue reading “2021 Nobel Prize for Literature Turns the Spotlight on East Africa”

Winning Films at Dinard

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 04 October 2021 > What's On

The Dinard British Film Festival is over for another year. But before it closed, the juries announced the winners of the various prizes. Here is a rundown. Limbo by Ben Sharrock won both the Hitchcock d’Or Ciné + and the feature-film audience prize. The film, which was selected for the 2020 Cannes Festival (which didn’t … Continue reading “Winning Films at Dinard”

Get Your Fill of British Film!

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 29 September 2021 > What's On

The Dinard British Film Festival is a wonderful event, and this year you can enjoy it even if you can’t make it to Normandy between 29 September and 3 October. A large number of the films selected are also available to watch online. There are dozens of films, fiction and documentary, in categories such as … Continue reading “Get Your Fill of British Film!”

World Refugee Day

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 20 June 2017 > Celebrate

20 June each year is United Nations World Refugee Day. In the UK, it is included in Refugee Week, 19-25 June. The UN refugee agency, the UNHCR, just released new figures showing that 2016 was yet another record year for refugees. The UNHCR’s Global Trends Report announces that 65.6 million people were displaced in 2016, … Continue reading “World Refugee Day”

Refugee Speech

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 20 September 2016 > Ready to Use

This speech by UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie on World Refugee Day in June 2016 is a good introduction to the unprecedentedly large numbers of refugees in the world today, and the international summits and actions trying to come up with solutions. At 1’19, it works for practising listening comprehension for the Bac exam, on … Continue reading “Refugee Speech”

‘What They Took With Them’: Refugee Poem

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 20 September 2016 > Webpicks

This thought-provoking spoken-word poem about the experiences of refugees is a good way to have pupils connect with what can seem a nebulous, theoretical problem. The simple listing of the most important items refugees took with them on their flight should allow pupils to exercise their empathy and imagine themselves in refugees’ shoes. Actor Cate … Continue reading “‘What They Took With Them’: Refugee Poem”