Members of Shares have been updating their knowledge and understanding of issues relating to refugees through taking advantage of some of the many free resources now easily accessed via the internet.
MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are free online courses which are available for anyone to enrol onto. ‘Volunteering with Refugees’ from FutureLearn is particularly relevant, as it aims to help volunteers understand how they can best support the linguistic and social needs of refugees. Participants on this MOOC can then access a range of other resources including English language teaching toolkits. Another MOOC available through FutureLearn is on ‘Muslims in Britain’, which aims to help participants develop their understanding of Muslims and their faith through an exploration of communities in Britain.
Darwin College Cambridge is devoting its annual series of lectures this term to the theme of migration. Those that have taken place so far are available on the Cambridge University website. The lectures include one on Refugees and Migration by Filippo Grandi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, in which he reflects on questions such as why do refugees and migrants on the move find themselves exposed to kidnapping for ransom, imprisonment and torture, and what is the role of international cooperation and refugee protection.