By: Wnras  05-Apr-2012


FICT  Programme Pilot

Home Safety Programme

The Home Safety programme was adapted from a similar programme delivered to small refugee background groups in their own community by two facilitators, at least one of whom speaks the participation group's language.

The programme is a series of photos that show refugee families doing something wrong (e.g. no guard on an open fire) and then another photo doing it right (e.g. showing a guard to cover a fireplace). The photos show all aspects of home safety, including some outside, e.g. playing on the footpath; wearing helmets while riding bikes etc.

Samson Sahele the WNRAS Cross Cultural Advocate has developed the home safety programme, trained facilitators, and delivered the programme to a range of refugee background communities. The programme is now being developed in partnership with Refugee Services as part of their induction programme for new arrivals.

Tamariki Kahukura: The Rainbow Programme

The Tamariki Kahukura Programme supports refugee children to make the best possible start to resettlement in New Zealand. Whilst acknowledging the stresses inherent in the refugee experience and the settlement challenges facing refugee children and their families, the programme strongly emphasises the development of hope and a positive sense of the future.

Tamariki Kahukura is a school-based programme for 9 to 12 year olds. It requires collaboration between school staff and specialists with expertise in working with people from refugee backgrounds to strengthen children's learning capacity and emotional adjustment. The Programme also aims to foster stronger links between schools and parents of refugee children through specialised staff development and teacher-parent sessions. It is an early intervention measure designed to establish constructive relationships between children, schools and families with a view to building a platform for children's present and future educational success.

The Tamariki Kahukura Programme includes:

  • A seven session structured arts-based programme for children.

  • Three sessions for parents, designed as an adjunct to the core children's component.

  • A programme briefing session and professional development component for teachers.

Books of Short Stories

WNRAS is very proud of its publication of the two books of short stories written by young former refugees-

  • Earthless Trees published in 2008 comprised 11 short stories by 4 authors.

Art Project

Free to Fly 2010 was a one-day collaborative art project between WNRAS and Wellesley College- Eastbourne and St Bernadette's School- Naenae. It was broadly based around the theme, Free to Fly. Using personification of birds, participating pupils drew and then painted a work, which spoke of optimism and the idea that anything is possible. Pupils used manikins to draw the human form and study bird pictures before combining them to both illustrate the above theme. Their artwork was exhibited in the Multicultural Services Centre for 2 months. 30 children aged 9-12 years from both schools participated in the Free to Fly 2010 Art Project at the Wellesley College Art Room, under the guidance of Eve Warren the Wellesley College Art teacher. Owing to the success of the programme a similar programme is being held in 2011 involving refugee-background children from St Michael's School.

Refugee Youth Media Project

In 2010 WNRAS collaborated with ChangeMakers Refugee Forum to deliver the Refugee Youth Media Project. The objectives of the project were to:

  • Allow young people from refugee backgrounds to tell real-life stories about their backgrounds, culture, faith, families, issues, hopes, dreams and. life in New Zealand.

  • Promote awareness and understanding in the host community using the youth voice of refugee experiences in New Zealand also to promote understanding of youth issues amongst refugee communities and increase the value placed on youth input into community work.

  • Teach young people from refugee backgrounds, skills in print media, TV, radio and online media.

  • Improve refugee youth's critical media literacy skills.

The unique features of the Refugee Youth Media Project are:

  • It is group-based - young refugee background people received hours of training on all aspects of media sills and understand how the local media addresses refugee's issues. Also it helps them cope with the cultural shock and the on-going trauma of adapting to a new culture.

  • It targets the most marginalised, traumatised and faceless young refugee people in Wellington. Also, upon arrival in Wellington they are still trying to deal with the cultural shock of moving to a large city.

The programme was a huge success and another is being planned for late 2011/early 2012.