Get refugee week updates

Counterpoints Arts

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

NaTakallam Virtual School Speakers 

3 NaTakallam classroom

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 Speakers are available to run free refugee rights workshops, lessons, assemblies and can contribute to whole day events in your primary or secondary school. Amnesty Speakers are trained volunteers who bring experience, knowledge and energy to educating students about the rights of refugees and who are able to facilitate students taking action for refugee rights as part of Amnesty International’s I Welcome campaign. Our Speakers will work with you to cater the visit to the needs of your students.

Find and request an Amnesty Speaker to visit your school

As Amnesty Speakers are volunteers Amnesty International UK asks that you cover travel expenses where possible.


My Bright Kite

My Bright Kite refugee speakers page

My Bright Kite are a refugee-led grass roots organisation offering whole school programmes delivered nationally incorporating assemblies, storytelling, talks and workshops to educate children, young people and staff on the global themes of migration and refugees.

My Bright Kite draw on the personal experiences of Gulwali Passarlay, our co-founder who escaped war-torn Afghanistan as a child; as well as the voices of many of the children our team have worked with across the UK, Europe, Jordan and Lebanon. We use the stories of refugee children to build connection with pupils and promote understanding, empathy and critical thinking among our audiences.

My Bright Kite have 16 years of experience delivering refugee awareness workshops across the world to education settings.  Our programmes combine assemblies, storytelling, talks and classroom workshops for different key stages to support learning outcomes linked to the Citizenship and PSHE curriculums, SMSC education, the British Values framework, Inclusion and SMSC quality marks and wider cross-curriculum projects.  For more details, please read all about our specific primary school and secondary school options.

We also support schools to work towards the School of Sanctuary Award and to join our longer term international child-led social action project, Hearts and Hopes.

Please contact us at or 07904587713


Nola Ellen


Nola Ellen is an educator, practitioner and consultant available to deliver refugee awareness workshops in primary, secondary, sixth form and university settings UK-wide. The workshops feature real life stories alongside a range of bespoke educational activities to build critical thinking and compassion among her audience. Workshop content is developed in consultation with you, in accordance to the demographics of your school, the year group and to dovetail with existing schemes of work.

Nola is a proud ambassador of Schools of Sanctuary and can advise schools on this award.

Nola also offers a range of tailored programmes, consultancy services and training for teachers and other professionals along the themes of child refugee inclusion and cultural diversity.

For more information please visit:

You can contact Nola at:


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.