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Education Exchange webinar
Welcoming refugees into your classroom and community
20 June
13:00 - 14:00 BST

Join our discussion on World Refugee Day, 20 June 2023, with fellow education professionals around the world talking about the challenges of integrating young refugees, asylum seekers and displaced students into the classroom and the community.

Our panel of educators will talk about their experiences of welcoming children who have had to flee their home and we invite you to share your examples of integrating displaced students into your school.

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About the panel

This is a panel event, with speakers from around the world, followed by questions and comment from the audience. For those who attend the webinar, there will be an attendance certificate to download after the event.

Our speakers:

Myassar Al Itani is a primary teacher at Mohammad Shamel Public School in Beirut who has successfully worked in global, international projects and bringing the world to her classroom. She has a successful educational collaboration with UK schools focusing on the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals and education in times of crisis as part of the British Council Connecting Classrooms programme.

Mahesh Kumar, Pakistan (bio to follow)

Katy Noble is the Global Head of Education in Emergencies (EiE) at Teach For All, a growing network of 60 independent partner organizations. Their focus is to develop the collective leadership needed to ensure all children can fulfill their potential. 

Katy has over a decade of humanitarian experience working in INGOs, UN agencies, local education organizations and schools. She started her career as a secondary school teacher in London, through the Teach First programme, where she taught Psychology, Sociology and Citizenship. Since leaving the classroom, Katy has lived and worked in South Sudan, Ethiopia, Palestine, Iraq, Bangladesh and Pakistan. She has also deployed for short-term EiE support to Afghanistan, Nigeria, Ukraine, Sudan and Lebanon. Having held a variety of roles, Katy has worked across the different levels of a humanitarian response, from the strategic and policy-level down to the implementation and school-level. 

She enjoys keeping one foot in teaching whenever time allows, and has been an EiE Instructor at the University of Geneva, a faculty member at the University of Deakin’s Humanitarian Leadership Programme, and a Simulation Facilitator on Save the Children’s Senior Humanitarian Intermediate Programme.

The webinar will be hosted by Faiza Inayat, Head of Schools and Skills, British Council Pakistan.

Supporting resources

If you are looking to introduce this topic into your classroom, there are a number of British Council and other resources that can help you guide the discussion with your students. See the links at the bottom of this page.

You can also join our free online course Exploring inclusive pedagogies which starts on 12 June.

About Education Exchange

Education Exchanges are free panel webinar events that bring together education practitioners from around the world to develop ideas, share great practice and inspire each other to find solutions to shared challenges.

The British Council has a range of classroom resources that can support your work with students. Visit our Classroom Resources webpage to find out more.

World Refugee Day, 2023

This webinar marks UNHCR's World Refugee Day on 20 June 2023.  On this day, the world honours the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution.

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