North West Migrant Forum trains future community activists through summer school


The North West Migrants Forum (NWMF) has opened registration for its Summer School program for young people, ages 13-24, passionate about change and social justice.

The six-day program runs August 21-26, 2021, at the City Hotel, Derry, 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.

The Summer School for Effective Activism Supporting Cross-Community Practice, open to up to 70 young people, will offer a mix of cross-cultural learning, interactive and reflective sessions and opportunities to learn more about integration challenges. encountered by minority communities in Northern Ireland.

Political parties and youth activists join in launching North West Migrant Forum’s Summer School for Effective Activism in Support of Cross-Community Practices

At the end of the summer school, a group of 30 young people will be selected to lead the development of a guidance note focused on changing the rules and regulations of the Common Travel Zone which will be presented to Irish governments. and British next summer.

Aynaz Zarif, community liaison officer at the North West Migrants Forum said; “This is a very exciting opportunity for young people who want to lead change in Ireland and we are looking for any young person who has a real passion for activism and who wants to hear and learn firsthand from real life” from “change makers” . “

The program will see participants learn directly from local activists, journalists and civil society leaders, including youth wings from 5 political parties, Sinn Fein, Ulster Unionist Party, SDLP, People Before Profit and The Alliance Party.

Cllr Ryan McCready of the Ulster Unionist Party said: “We are delighted to have been invited to attend this very important summer school. Too often trade unionism is seen as not inclusive and as a “cold place for migrants and minority groups”.

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“We want to change this perception. The point is that unionists come in all shapes and sizes and we want to show not with words but with actions that the Ulster Unionist Party and indeed unionism can be a safe home for everyone, no matter what. the color of his skin, his religion or his sexuality.

SDLP Cllr Lilian Seenoi-Barr, Director of Programs at the North West Migrants Forum and People Before Profit Cllr Shaun Harkin attend the launch of the North West Migrants Forum Summer School for Effective Activism Supporting Cross-Community Practice

Lilian Seenoi-Barr, Director of Programs at the North West Migrants Forum, said: “Young people can and should learn equality, respect and tolerance and summer schools are a great way to bring young people together.

“But this year our summer school is quite unique, it is about social activism in a very difficult time for our community, which is why we are incredibly pleased with the support we have received so far from Northern Ireland political parties.

“Our intention is to encourage young people across our city and district to get involved in the big issues impacting the new communities coming to Northern Ireland. And I firmly believe that it is vitally important to work with young people from all communities, regardless of their ethnicity, political or religious affiliations.

Sinn Fein MP Martina Anderson at the launch of the North West Migrant Forums Summer School.

Ryan Martin, 17, a member of the North West Migrant Forum Youth Culture Club, said: “Since joining I have learned so much and I honestly believe I have become more aware of the many inequalities our new communities are facing. faced here. This summer school is a perfect opportunity to broaden your horizons and open your eyes to change and acceptance.

Any young person who wishes to participate in this unique summer school can register here.

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