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Refugee Week is not responsible for external speakers and schools are advised to request references and DBS checks if needed.

NaTakallam Virtual School Speakers 

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Invite a speaker who has experienced displacement first-hand to join your school or youth group for language practice or cultural exchange.

NaTakallam’s School Sessions virtually connect students with a displaced person from the Middle East, Latin America, or Africa for an interactive conversation offering personal insight into global issues.

The real-time virtual lessons can be customised for any age group, and Arabic or Middle East-focused sessions are available for free thanks to funding from the Qatar Foundation.

Find out more and apply on the NaTakallam website – note you need to allow two weeks for the session to be arranged.


Amnesty International UK

© Marie-Anne Ventoura/Amnesty UK

© Marie-Anne Ventoura/Amnesty UK

Amnesty International UK are able to join your virtual classroom to introduce primary and secondary students to the rights of refugees. Amnesty Speakers are trained volunteers who bring experience, knowledge and energy to their human rights education. Our Speakers will work with you to cater the session to the needs of your students.

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 Liz Hibberd


Liz Hibberd is an educator and freelance trainer specialising in refugee awareness workshops. Working with refugees and asylum seekers in Calais and Manchester, she has first-hand knowledge and understanding of their lived experiences and the key issues they face on arrival, and as they begin to start their new life in the UK.

Delivering training that supports and develops both critical thinking and questioning skills, workshops can be tailored for the specific needs of the audience and can be provided for staff, students and/or parents.

As a former teacher, Liz is well-versed in creating and facilitating creative and engaging activities that are participatory and linked to key areas of the curriculum.

Liz is available to run training nationwide and fees charged on a sliding scale

You can contact Liz at:



Dr . Eiad Zinah


Dr. Eiad Zinah is a Syrian dentist and a schools speaker with more than one year’s experience going to schools around the UK, helping young people engage in refugee issues through his experience of leaving Syria and becoming a refugee in the UK. Available to speak in primary and secondary schools across the UK.