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How bullying affects us: refugee-background youth talk back

How bullying affects us: refugee-background youth talk back

Settling into a new school can be difficult for anyone, but young people from refugee backgrounds can find it particularly hard. Bullying is not just about getting beaten up. It can include name-calling, intimidation and ostracism. For refugee-background young people, it includes being mocked for their accent, their clothing, the colour of their skin.

How bullying affects us: refugee-background youth talk back is a resource that explores the impact of bullying on refugee-background high school students.

ChangeMakers Refugee Forum and Voice Arts Trust worked with Collabor8 - a group of eight refugee-background youth who live in the Wellington region - documenting youths' views about bullying and designing a drama, which was performed on World Refugee Day 2011.

Insights into life as a refugee-background student as well as Collabor8's performance are now available on DVD to schools, communities, and organisations. A booklet with information about how bullying affects refugee-background youth and bullying as a human rights issue comes with the DVD. It includes discussion guides for educators, schools, families and communities, and a comprehensive list of places to go for more information and support.

The DVD and booklet are for now available for sale.
$10 for individuals / $20 for schools and NGOs / $30 for government agencies. An order form is available here.


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