Universities and Schools, teachers and lecturers can play a key role in supporting migrants and refugees and Britain and abroad, through educational, art and other projects. But they also play a key role in helping shape the attitudes of local communities, in a time of rising nationalism, racism and xenophobia. Migrant and Refugee Solidarity at the University of Brighton is one of many groups in the education sector acting in solidarity with migrant and refugees.
Free University Brighton have been organising a range of events, including discussions and film screenings, on the topic of the refugee crisis.
The Council for Assisting Refugee Academics is a British charity originally set up to support academic refugees from Nazi Germany helps
The School Bus Project (facebook) is a community-led initiative promoting the right to education for refugees. It is converting buses into mobile schools that will provide vital education and support for the refugees trapped in Calais and across Europe.
Crisis Classroom (facebook) is another local initiative, training volunteer and professional teachers to bring education to those without access to school. Once trained volunteers work with refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, people in remote communities, the homeless and all those for whom traditional schooling is inaccessible.
Migrant English Project provides free and informal English lessons and a safe and welcoming space were people can receive support and advice.