On Friday the 18th of June 2021, from 2pm – 5pm (GMT), Refugee Hosts’ PI, Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh and writer-in-residence, Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, spoke at the ReConnect event ‘Supporting Refugees into Higher Education‘. Yousif M Qasmiyeh read from his acclaimed collection of poetry ‘Writing the Camp‘ and Prof. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh critically discussed the notion of “voice” and participation through the lens of the Refugee Hosts project. The event, held during Refugee Week 2021, aimed to ‘recognise the achievements of students who completed the UCL IOE ReConnect-Preparation for Higher Education Programme’ and raise awareness about the work of Re-Connect and the ‘barriers faced by refugees in accessing Higher Education.’

The event was free and online. Registration is now closed.

The event was also attended by other speakers including:

An Official Opening by Professor Li Wei, Director of The Institute of Education, UCL
Guest Speakers include:
Professor Alison Phipps – UNESCO Chair Refugee Integration through Language and
The Arts, with guests:
Tawone Sitholé – Poet in Residence UNESCO Chair RILA
Tesfalem H Yemane and Hyab Yohanne – Doctoral Researchers

For further information, please contact:
Theodros Abraham on theodros@Reconnectonline.org.uk or 0207 697 4065 or Ainé McAllister on a.mcallister@ucl.ac.uk

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