Govanhill Baths Community Trust have announced the launch of a brand new educational resource to help teachers initiate conversations around New Scots issues. Titled ‘No Radio Silence’, the resource features a short film created and directed by Unity Sisters and accompanying e-book for teachers covering various topics in line with the Scottish Government’s Curriculum for Excellence.
Partnering with Unity Sisters, a self-organised support group for asylum-seeking women, refugees and their children. Unity Sisters and Govanhill Baths created the resource as part of their Our Rights Our Communities project. Through collective and accessible resources, the project aims to explore, acknowledge and develop an understanding of intersectional oppression from a grassroots perspective.
No Radio Silence, a striking short film created by Unity Sisters under the mentorship of filmmaker Bircan Birol, proposes ways communities can adapt to help integrate refugees and asylum seekers further. The accompanying e-book, which was supported by St Albert’s Primary Headteacher Clare Harker, offers teachers meaningful activities to develop a fuller understanding of these issues within the classroom.
The resource is set to launch on 14th May, to coincide with the programme for Govanhill Baths led Festival of Resistance. Taking place from Tuesday 10th to Saturday 14th May, the festival celebrates one year since the historic events that unfolded on Kenmure Street, Pollokshields, last year when the community rallied together to save two of their neighbours from a Home Office dawn raid. Key speakers will include human rights lawyer Aamer Anwar, Scottish Refugee Council Chief Executive Sabir Zazai, as well as Glasgow MP Alison Thewliss and MSPs Patrick Harvie and Paul Sweeney. Other activities during the festival will include talks from tree-planting, music, theatre, children’s art activities and making banners of welcome.
Virginie Clayton, manager of Unity Sisters, said: “We hope that being able to hear the voices of New Scots Women will help young people become aware of the issues faced by refugees and asylum seekers, and that they will convey this message in their homes and communities. Understanding can unite people in solidarity, create true allyship and facilitate integration.”
Fatima Uygun, manager of Govanhill Baths Community Trust said: “First and foremost we want to really underline that no one is illegal. Even though Glasgow is one of the largest refugee dispersal centres in the UK, the voices of people – especially women – going through this process are largely unheard, silenced by a lack of resources, support, and a real fear of being subject to hostile and racist measures – like dawn raids – from the UK Government.”
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