Exploring refugee youth experiences at Southbank Centre


On 24 October we were invited by Southbank Centre to deliver a discussion session about forced migration and its effects on young people, as part of the WHY? What’s Happening for the Young festival at Royal Festival Hall.

Our Education Manager Emily co-facilitated interactive activities for young audiences around the topic of forced migration along with Hassan Al Mounsaoy, who was an unaccompanied asylum seeker to the UK from Iraq at age 17 and is now studying electrical engineering at London Southbank University. Hasan has done many arts projects including ongoing work with OvalHouse Theatre ‘Paper Project.’

The session for young people ran parallel to a session for adults, which was led by Maurice Wren, CEO of the Refugee Council. At the end, the adult and youth groups came together to share learnings.

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