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
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
The Tamariki Kahukura Programme
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-
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
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.