Refugee Panel Discussion for High School Students

Refugee Panel Discussion for High School Students

Sydney, NSW
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June 21, 2021 at 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Shauna Wolifson

The UTS Centre for Social Justice & Inclusion and the Refugee Advice & Casework Service and presenting a special Refugee Week event for NSW high school students.  

Facilitated by Verity Firth, Executive Director of Social Justice, University of Technology Sydney, the panel includes:

  • Hani Abdile, journalism student, writer and poet, she was forced to leave her home country of Somalia and come to Australia seeking protection in 2014.  

  • Bakhit David, arrived in Australia from Sudan when he was 17. He has been a volunteer interpreter at Mercy House of Welcome and volunteered at youth organisation, Rotaract Australia. He is currently studying Community Services at TAFE.
  • Genevieve Howe, joined RACS legal team after working in Nauru. She has a strong background in volunteering with legal NGOs in Australia and overseas.

  • Dorothy Hoddinott AO was principal of Holroyd High School where 60% of all students were of refugee background.

The theme of this years’ Refugee Week is Unity Moving Forward. The panel will discuss:

  • The process for seeking safety in Australia

  • What it’s like to be seeking asylum in Australia

  • The challenges of living here on a Temporary Visa

  • The challenges for refugee children and young people

  • How young people can get involved in these social justice issues 

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