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  2. By Imogen Calderwood JUNE 20, 2019 3 EDUCATION This Amazing Teacher Is Helping Her Refugee Students Shape Their Own Stories Through Poetry Global Citizen meets Kate Clanchy, from an Oxford school where pupils speak over 30 languages. Why Global Citizens Should Care Education is essential to reaching your potential, no matter who you are or where you've come from. Global Citizen campaigns in support of the UN's Global Goals, including campaigning to ensure that children who are refugees or migrants, or growing up in conflict zones, can access education and achieve their potential. Join the movement by taking action here to support Global Goal 4 for education. In the east of the university city of Oxford is a school, the Oxford Spires Academy. Despite its glamorous name, however, the school is a state comprehensive where students speak more than 30 languages between them. Nevertheless, and thanks in large part to the tireless dedication of one woman, the school has been putting itself on the map — through poetry. Kate Clanchy, who was born in Glasgow and grew up in Edinburgh, is the school’s writer in residence. She has spent the past decade teaching poetry to children — predominantly children from refugee and migrant backgrounds — to help them gain confidence and empower them to shape their own narratives. Tweet Now: UK Must Step Up Support For Children in Conflict and Crisis PASA A LA ACCIÓN Más información “I think it’s particularly important for migrants to tell their story and have control of their story,” she tells Global Citizen. “Their stories get taken from them when they arrive because they have to tell a version of the story when they’re entering the country. They can’t deviate from that, and I think that’s extremely hard.” “Very often they’re talking in another language, they’re in fear, and their story is being distorted in different ways,” she says. “So I think for migrants to have control of their story and to have a good way of telling their story is very important.” Oxford Spires is home to pupils from all over the world, says Clanchy, meaning that there isn’t really a “majority”. The school has many asylum seekers, she says, with “refugees from war and refugees from poverty.” View image on Twitter 48 people are talking about this Twitter Ads info and privacy But, given their disrupted and at times violent backgrounds, many of the children arrived at the school with a whole host of unspoken experiences, memories, and histories. For Clanchy, she was worried about letting the children’s experiences remain hidden, untold, and festering. “The more terrible the place they have fled, the more likely they are to have seen things that leave an awful, lingering sense of shame,” Clanchy writes, in a Long Read for the Guardian. And so she turned to poetry for a solution. When she first began teaching at the school, according to Clanchy, she had believed that speaking English as a second language would put the pupils at a disadvantage when it came to creative writing. But her first pupils surprised her, creating a series of beautiful poems that spoke heartbreakingly of the countries and homes that so many of them had left behind. Related StoriesJune 19, 201937,000 People Fled Their Homes Every Day in 2018 “I think poetry is especially important to many, many traditions,” she says, describing how many of the pupils’ cultural experiences actually enhanced rather than hindered their storytelling ability. “Poetry’s very important to Afghans, especially Afghan women. They speak poetry to each other, they play poetry games. It’s really, really important.” “So if you can give them a way of making their poems in English, telling their stories in English, or just doing it in Arabic, I think that’s a really important and helpful thing to do,” she adds. View image on Twitter 25 people are talking about this Twitter Ads info and privacy In fact, the poetry being produced by many of her pupils was of such high quality that Clanchy decided they deserved some recognition, and the opportunities that would come hand in hand with that. That’s why, in 2013, Clanchy launched a poetry group for a small number of “very quiet foreign girls”, officially named the Other Countries Poetry Group. She gathered some of the most promising poets from across the school, bringing the group together every Thursday lunchtime to talk and to write their poems. “This was girls, and they were all quite recent migrants and I was really wanting to see how far they could go,” says Clanchy. “I had a theory that recent migrants might be better poets, that they might be hearing the language differently.” Put briefly, Clanchy’s plan worked. Over the next five years, the girls in the group grew in confidence, grew in ability, and started to shape their own narratives in a way that was very soon being recognised with prizes and awards across the country. “That was a few years ago and now I do lots and lots of different groups, and what I try to do is make the groups work for the kids that are in front of me,” continues Clanchy. “But those particular girls were an early focus. They taught me a lot.” Since then, she’s been able to see her first girls flourish. One of them, says Clanchy, is now a barrister. Another got four As at A-level and is now at St Andrew’s University studying languages, English and creative writing. One of them is at Goldsmiths now on a refugee scholarship, while another is doing her final year studying politics at Reading. The other two are now studying education. “They don’t need to have poetry as a focus, they don’t need to become writers, it just gives them a different kind of confidence,” she adds. “It’s there in their lives and they read and they still write, and it’s helped them to gain confidence and change. I just think it’s something they’re entitled to have.” View image on Twitter 38 people are talking about this Twitter Ads info and privacy In 2018, pupils at Oxford Spires — led by Clanchy — published a poetry anthology entitled England: Poems From a School that was met with national acclaim. It's a portrait of England, as experienced by children who have made the country their new home. You can find out more about the creation of the anthology, and some of the poems featured in it, here. But, she highlights, there was never a “grand plan," instead the poetry, the publications, and the success is something that has just “evolved as we’ve gone along.” “It’s become a focus because we succeed and we win,” she says. “It’s like how you get schools that are very good at cricket, we’re very good at poetry.” In fact, she says, the head boy and the head girl for the past five years at the school have been competition winning, committed poets, and that’s why they’ve been named as leaders of their peers. “The school’s been through lots of different journeys, but it is very civilised, it is very lovely,” adds Clanchy. “I think it’s very important for refugee kids to come to a local school and a local school that’s welcoming,” she says. “Because the school is the community, and the school is England.” She adds: “My students come to a multicultural school which is very civilised and a kind place, and it allows them to speak, and poetry allows them to speak, and their whole education allows them to speak, and be heard, and to hear each other.” TOPICSUKBritainTeacherRefugeesMigrantsPoetryOxfordRefugees WelcomeWritingEnglishKate ClanchyPoems
  3. Today marks United Nations World Refugee Day. The 1986 Chernobyl disaster resulted in 400,000 people from the affected regions becoming the first ever environmental refugees...displaced from a land that remains too toxic to safely sustain human inhabitance. 2,000 towns and villages were deserted and bull-dozed into the ground. 7 million people’s lives were changed forever on that fateful day. 5.5 million people across Belarus, Ukraine and Western Russia - including more than a million children - continue to live in highly contaminated zones.
  4. frontpage News Kind-hearted Cork couple to give two Chernobyl kids summer of a lifetime The two siblings endured abuse and neglect in their early childhood SHARE By Daniel Keating 15:51, 19 JUN 2019 UPDATED10:54, 20 JUN 2019 NEWS Inga and her siblings now have a loving and caring home (Image: Chernobyl Children International) Two Chernobyl children will be visiting Cork this summer for some rest and recuperation. Last Christmas their stories touched the hearts of Ireland- highlighting abuse and neglect that the two siblings received in their early childhood. The mistreatment that 12-year old Inga and her 9-year old younger brother Bogdan endured led to them needing to steal food from local shops just so they could survive. 27/6/2018 A group of 145 special needs children from orphanages and homes in the Chernobyl affected regions of Belarus, flew into Shannon Airport today. Among them were Photos Liam Burke Press 22 (Image: Liam Burke Press 22) When they were found by the Irish charity - Adi Roche's Chernobyl Children International (CCI) - they had been beaten abused, malnourished. and terrified. The charity took immediate action placing the Inga and her brother in a loving home with foster parent Luda and Sergey Sobolevy. Alfie and Marcie Streete, who lead CCI’s Cork Outreach Group, felt compelled to support the children by giving them a health-boosting stay in their loving family home. “It’s heartbreaking to think about what these children have been through. We can’t undo the distress that they’ve been through…but we can help to give them very happy memories and support them to ensure that they never have to endure such hardship again. It’s all thanks to the generosity of people at our fundraisers that make this possible.” said Alfie. The CCI Cork Outreach Group fundraise year round to bring the children to Ireland in Summer and Christmas(Image: Liam Burke Press 22) Speaking ahead of the group’s arrival, Voluntary CEO of Chernobyl Children International Adi Roche said: “Our wonderful volunteers have opened their hearts and their homes to these children every summer. These are children who so desperately need our help. While the Chernobyl accident happened 33 years ago, the consequences last forever”.
  5. It is National Selfie day and we want to see your best selfies! 😎 Use those creative skills and make them sport themed. ⚽ Why not even see if you can add in the #LDWeek19hashtag! 😜 We know you know how to work that selfie game. 😉#SelfieDay
  6. On Sunday Symphonic Waves will perform a midsummer concert in Ballinasloe Town Hall, Galway. This will be an exciting milestone, marking their first public performance as a full symphony orchestra having recently recruited woodwind, brass and percussion sections. It's set to be an evening to remember!Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture Music Generation, Galway County, Galway City & Roscommon Galway and Roscommon ETB https://galway2020.ie/en/news/symphonic-waves-summer-sounds/?fbclid=IwAR2knTHSsVWjZeGFXnedeDYGetxc24YR0Qjuc8hVHMyBrICyWaHhODIsoHI
  7. Singapore - single use codes.... The story appears to have changed here. The email before the original presale said you can split across multiple shows (see below). Now today's email says one show only. It's not great that the rules change half way through?
  8. 20 cents a day is all it takes to keep someone living with HIV alive and healthy. EAT (RED) SAVE LIVES and let's #86AIDS.
  9. We have the power to make AIDS a disease of the past *if* our leaders are willing to #StepUpTheFight. Tell them to take action now: bit.ly/2WOHFIz
  10. 0 HIV/AIDS Clara: HIV shaped me, but it did not stop me 30 November 2018 5:05PM UTC | By: GUEST BLOGGER SIGN THE PLEDGE Sign the pledge: We’ll do whatever it takes to end AIDS EmailAdd your name Share on Facebook Save on Facebook Share on Twitter Share by Email Written by Clara I tested positive for HIV in 2004. I was working in a HIV counselling centre and I noticed that I was experiencing some of the same symptoms as my patients. I gathered the courage to sneak home an HIV test and tested myself, and my baby, in private. When I first discovered my HIV status, aged 25, I was worried that I might die. But I was also filled with anger, and a determination to fight back. I refused to leave my child motherless. At first, my doctor refused to put me on HIV treatment because I did not outwardly appear sick, but inside I felt I was draining away. I lost stamina to the point that I could not lift up my one-year-old daughter. I had to travel 400km to get my immune system levels tested. When the test showed how weak my immune system was, I was allowed to begin HIV treatment. HIV affects all of aspects of your life. It is not just about you, but your loved ones as well. My husband and my daughter, who are also HIV positive, both suffered from drug-resistant TB. As a wife and mother who was nursing them, I experienced the horror of dealing with this killer disease. And every time I got the flu, I thought I might be next. Social stigma and gender inequality compound the impact of HIV in Malawi. I have worked with many women whose husbands blame them for bringing HIV into the home and divorce them when they find out they are HIV positive. And even though it is now illegal, some communities still practice ‘sexual cleansing’ where a woman must have sex as a cleansing ritual after becoming a widow. I’ve faced stigma myself. When my community first found out about my status, my own neighbour would not talk to me. But when she was sick and needed help, I was the one who took her to hospital. My experience made me want to help others – to stop them from going through the same struggle. Thanks to funding from the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, I have been able to access free lifesaving medicine and my life is very different than it could have been. Thanks to the medicine, I also have a second child – who is HIV negative. Now I am channelling my energies into helping others. I am the National Coordinator of International Community of Women Living with HIV, Malawi Chapter. I help others who are in similar situations to the one I was in 14 years ago. My work is about helping women living with HIV address the challenges they face in their own lives and also campaigning on national issues to make sure the Malawian Government deliver on their health commitments. My story is not just one of ill-health, but one that shows how women are taking charge of their own destinies. Working together we can create change so that my daughter, and all our daughters, will not face the same challenges that I did. YES: To win the fight against AIDS we’ll need to work together. Add your name to join us today. ONE welcomes the contributions of guest bloggers but does not necessarily endorse the views, programs, or organisations highlighted. Sign the pledge: We’ll do whatever it takes to end AIDS This World AIDS Day, we are turning our outrage into action and putting our leaders on notice: AIDS isn’t done. And neither are we. We’re committed to joining the global fight against AIDS and we’ll do what it takes to end the epidemic for good.
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  12. The ticketing system here for the sports hub has a bad reputation in Singapore with several screw ups with previous gigs. Im not surprised that we have the issue with the 1 time code and being unable to select GA and RZ tickets. What I am surprised about is the fact it worked at all on Tuesday and many of us did manage to get some tickets compared to previous gigs like Coldplay etc.
  13. Dave Matthews Band killed it last night in Bethal Woods, NY. It was my first time seeing them and I would definitely see them again. Another first on the 29th of this month when I'm seeing Phish in Camden, NJ.
  14. This may be of interest-> https://www.nme.com/news/music/youtube-upgrade-large-number-old-music-videos-high-definition-2511753
  15. Well - I’m going for red zone again in the second night pre-sale. At least it is 6am this time (for U.K.) and not 3am! I’m still frazzled from all the shenanigans from Monday having to pretend to live in Singapore and taking 5 goes to finally check out (I was being my husband Brunodog that night). Hopefully should be smoother....though they might be famous last words. Good luck to everyone else going for tickets.
  16. The way it was solved was cancelling the tickets, then resetting the codes. I don't think you would want that.
  17. I’ve been checking yes24 to see how many tix are left. There are about 1350 GA tix left and a few hundred have sold since yesterday. One would think that the rest will sell in the next few days. Hoping for a sellout soon so night 2 might be possible. You’d think U2 playing there would be a big deal since they haven’t been there before. Let’s go Seoul!
  18. I agree, the situation was different, but the technical solution is basically the same: add the appropriate presale codes back into the validation table so they may be used again. I understand we all need to wait and see what, if any, accommodation might be made for Singapore2 presale, but I hope Live Nation/the band continue to strive to improve the technical side of the buying process (it has dramatically improved over these past 3 tours! THANK YOU) so that fans don't get stuck out in the cold due to the strategy employed when deciding to add shows. Thanks for all you do, Mods. I know everyone is working to do their best for the fans & their experience.
  19. They were reinstated....those orders were also canceled. Totally different circumstances.
  20. EXACTLY. I know this isn't a simple solution, and poses a few technical challenges, but it's very disappointing that fan club presale members are getting hosed. We literally have NO CHANCE to buy presale tickets to multiple shows in Singapore. I've used 1/4 and would love to see the second show - especially given all the costs of flight & accommodation.
  21. The singa tour has been dramatic from the start.. first the tickets were accidently sold, then when we were told its unlikely a 2nd show will happen, came untrue, so expect a miracle few hours before the presale starts tommorrow a notice saying.. "Due to overwhelming response, the presales code can be used again for the 2nd show" :p
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