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Positive Images conference teaches value of migration

14th June 2010
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THE British Red Cross has invited education specialists from across the UK to a conference on young people’s attitudes to migration.

The conference, to be held in Budapest in June, will showcase the Positive Images project, which aims to teach young people about the causes and effects of migration.

Positive Images, a European project led by the British Red Cross, was successfully piloted in Scotland last year. It is aimed at promoting positive attitudes among young people towards vulnerable migrants.

Run in partnership with Red Cross national societies from Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Greece and the UK, the project brings young people together to teach them about migration.

Mairi Allen, Youth Development Manager, said:

“With Positive Images we are aiming to encourage an exchange of learning and raise awareness of development issues.”

“Positive Images aims to promote a humanitarian view of migration which recognises the human being behind labels such as ‘refugee’, ‘economic migrant’, ‘illegal migrant’.

Through Positive Images we hope to help young people recognise that people who migrate may sometimes be vulnerable, but also have rights and a great deal of potential.”

The scheme, which piloted in Glasgow in 2009, aims to reach three million young people across Europe over the next three years.

Delegates attending the two-day conference will include Karl Zarhuber, Secretary General of the Austrian Youth Red Cross and Vera Rangelova, Migration Coordinator, Europe Zone Office, IFRC.

Teachers and youth-workers attending the conference will be able to learn how to use the education toolkit, which includes interactive lessons on migration and development.

The conference will include talks and advice on the inclusion of migration and development topics in EU education systems.

Participants will take interactive sessions exploring the need for and benefits of engaging young people on migration and development issues, the role of education in engaging young people as well as methods for influencing education policy and practice.

There will also be a session on how to apply for grants to fund youth awareness-raising projects.

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