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UK Schools Campaign: University of St Andrews and Walker Books

17 May 2022 Share

Former refugee and author Dina Nayeri has partnered with St Andrews University and Walker Books on an important campaign to bring refugee stories to UK children and talk to them about how to welcome newcomers to their communities.

Dina is offering schools the opportunity to receive a special live event, as well as free student and library copies of her new book, The Waiting Place (5800 purchased by the University of St Andrews for distribution across the UK). Alongside a FREE Discussion Guide, she will invite UK children to think about the experiences of other kids around the world, and to think about how they will be welcoming and supportive neighbours when newcomers arrive to their communities.  

The Waiting Place is a thought-provoking look into the lives of the children in the Katsikas Refugee camp in Northern Greece, which Dina visited with photographer Anna Bosch Miralpeix.  

During the live event Dina will discuss her own experience of being a child refugee and the stories of children she has met in refugee camps as an adult. Using innovative discussion techniques (including art, conversation, and storytelling) the talks will invite children to think about and discuss complex topics such as displacement, the refugee crisis, and welcome, empathy, and home. 

Dina says, "I was a refugee from Iran when I was a child. We landed in Oklahoma when I was 10, after nearly two years of displacement, including time in a camp, and I wasn’t welcomed. The sheer volume of abuse that I got from native-born Western children stayed with me throughout my life. And I think the answer to that is to prepare our children to be welcoming, and loving, and good neighbours, as they naturally are! The book is all about how these 10 real-life children cope in a refugee camp, and it’s written in to show how joyful, fun, and resilient they are, even in “the waiting place.

To start the process for getting a free school visit and books, please follow this link.