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Oxfam launches project to engage schools on the refugee crisis

27th Jun 2016

Oxfam is calling for schools across the UK to take part in its 'Message in a Book' project which aims to raise awareness amongst young people about the refugee crisis.

Students will learn about the millions of people who have fled their homes around the world because of violence and conflict. They will then write letters to share what they have learnt. The letters will be inserted into books to be sold at a local Oxfam shop in order to spread the message and inspire the community. 

Schools are also invited to collect unwanted books to donate to the shop, raising money for Oxfam's vital work around the world.

The curriculum-linked resources, designed for primary and secondary schools, encourage students to think about what ordinary people and decision-makers can do to make a difference.

John Kentish, Oxfam's UK Campaign Project Manager said: "Message in a Book is a unique project which provides an excellent interactive resource for teachers to engage with pupils on this important issue. It then builds on the energy, enthusiasm and knowledge students gain to inspire people to make a difference, creating important links between Oxfam and the local community."

The current global refugee crisis has prompted the biggest humanitarian response in Oxfam's history with the international agency delivering aid to almost nine million people last year - the vast majority of whom were fleeing conflict and disaster. 

Oxfam recently launched a new campaign, Stand As One, which aims to put pressure on world leaders to welcome more refugees, to prevent families from being separated and to keep people safe from harm. 

For more information about the Message in a Book project and how to get involved go to: https://www.oxfam.org.uk/education/resources/refugee-message-in-a-book

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