Teachers for Refugees and Asylum Seekers launched
A new initiative, Teachers for Refugees and Asylum Seekers, has been launched jointly by the IEUA-QNT and Queensland Teachers’ Union (QTU) with the first meeting held this week.
The group’s aim is to re-establish Australia as a welcoming and humane society with education professionals at the forefront of driving this change in schools, universities and TAFE colleges.
IEUA-QNT Branch Secretary Terry Burke said the initiative was an example of union members working together with the wider community to further the interaction of schools with refugees and asylum seekers.
A number of independent schools and state schools along with TAFE colleges from Ipswich and Brisbane were represented at this week’s inaugural meeting.
“The group was established because teachers play an important role in the supporting of asylum seekers and refugees and their families within the community,” Mr Burke said.
“It was also prompted by recent events in Australia and on a global level that have highlighted the plight of refugees and asylum seekers and the woeful conditions and mistreatment they face,” he said.
The group’s role as a catalyst for change comes after an outpouring of positivity from school communities showing a special interest in helping provide a voice to those seeking asylum.
Teachers for Refugees and Asylum Seekers will hold a rally this Saturday 31 October starting at 11am in Kurilpa Park, 15 Montague Road, South Brisbane (next to GOMA).
For more details on the rally and the Teachers for Refugees and Asylum Seekers contact Aaron Watson at firstname.lastname@example.org