We are all immigrants’ week03 March 2017
Students and staff at City and Islington College and Westminster Kingsway College celebrated a themed learning week entitled: #weareallimmigrants.
The week explored the origins of human migration, and examined issues around the impact of immigration on jobs and housing, questioning some of the prevailing assumptions about immigrants.
The week was also a celebration of diversity and multiculturalism showing the positive and vital role immigration has played in enriching the cultural and economic lives of people living in Britain today.
City and Islington College had a week of performances, talks and competitions including a workshop by Martin Spafford an immigration historian, ‘Beg to die’ a theatre performance by HNC Performing Arts students about the Syrian crisis, a photographic exhibition about life at the Calais refugee camp known as the ‘Jungle’ by Sean Vernell and storyteller and poet, Solar Adebiyi walked around the College with an African Drum, going into classes to invigorate lessons with his stories and poems.
City and Islington students also had the opportunity to enter a writing competition set by the Library and listen to a moving verbatim theatre piece drawn from interviews of ESOL students, performed by year 1 level 3 Drama and Dance students.
In Westminster Kingsway College ESOL students at the King’s Cross Centre interviewed staff members and learnt about where their families were from and the information from the interviews went to form a display in the Centre Atrium. In the Regent’s Park Centre, ESOL students worked on a display cataloguing famous British people and their immigration story. In the Victoria Centre students attended a workshop on how the NHS is powered by immigrants and worked with learner experience staff to have pictures taken with flags from their country of origin which is displayed across the Centre. Students are also working on a cookery project where foods from around the world will be on offer to share with fellow students and staff.
At the Westminster Kingsway College Nursery, the parents, students and children were invited to attend 6 interactive story telling sessions delivered by the Theatrebugs Company, based on Chinese New Year, Diwali and the African Anansi Spider fables. The College Health & Social Care students also took over the King’s Cross Centre with a festival to showcase diverse foods, cultural attire, head wraps, henna decoration and music that visually represented the immigrant story of Britain.