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Migration. Making Britain Great event

The North East Team were honoured to host an inspirational day of coming together in discussion, creativity and the arts, to mark the end of their four-week pilot project in schools – Migration. Making Britain Great.

 

Dignitaries, charity partners and community members joined the 120 children from four schools across the North East region, at the historic Baltic Flour Mill on Gateshead Quayside, to lift up migrant voices and celebrate everything that is positive about migration.

The pilot project, delivered between January – March 2024 via workshops to children across the North East in Year 5 and 6, much like the day itself, celebrated positive contributions that migrants make to our communities and taught the young participants about the reasons why people may choose or need to migrate to the UK.

To mark the end of the pilot and to celebrate all that the children had achieved during the project, the children and their teachers were invited to the Baltic as special guests, along with Nazek, Anne, Herberth and Virginia from Migrant Voice, all of whom took part in an impactful and moving Q&A panel with the children and their teachers. The panellists shared their experiences of migrating to the UK and shared stories of the countries they’d left behind.

The children also engaged with the stunning, sensory exhibition The Waiting Gardens of the North which celebrates plants and spices from around the world that remind people of “home”.

By the end of the day, all children attending the event had taken part in a Baltic installation of their own, which celebrated belonging to their communities, and was represented by colourfully decorated, paper cut-outs of the children’s hands. As well as all of this, attendees enjoyed watching video footage filmed during the project, showcasing the children’s hard work, as well as the fun they had during the project. Everyone agreed that it was an incredibly joyous day, and the North East Team are beyond proud to have piloted this project. The team welcome enquiries from schools interested in hosting the project to help improve, and positively shape, the narrative surrounding migration. Sincere thanks from Emily, Alba and the team at Show Racism the Red Card, to:

  • Amanda and all the staff at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art
  • Migrant Voice
  • All the children and their teachers of the four participating pilot schools (Toner Avenue, Kenton Bar Primary, Marine Park and Dunn Street)
  • And all who were involved in helping make the day inspirational, unforgettable, and a truly successful event.
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