Childhood Landscapes: An Educational Resource Celebrating Cultural Heritage and Diversity of Refugee Communities in London

By Zibiah Alfred and Thein Than Tun.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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Childhood Landscapes has grown out of the Refugee Communities History Project, an oral history project which has aimed to highlight the contributions that refugees from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East make to London. Many of the refugees interviewed for this project have spoken of the importance of celebrating traditions of music and story-telling and of a strong desire to encourage new generations of children growing up in London to learn mother tongue languages and share cultural heritage with people from diverse communities. Childhood Landscapes is a cultural heritage resource, created by volunteers from refugee and non-refugee communities. It aims to promote friendship and sharing between generations and communities and celebrate cultural diversity. The CD ROM has been distributed free of charge to schools, libraries and community groups across the UK and beyond where it has been a welcome resource in Refugee Week celebrations, citizenship lessons and the inspiration for further projects promoting diversity. This paper will highlight how Childhood Landscapes has helped strengthen ties between diverse communities.

Keywords: Childhood Landscapes, Community, Cultural Heritage, Global Learning, Multimedia, Oral History, Refugees, Volunteering

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 7, Issue 5, pp.57-62. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 550.734KB).

Zibiah Alfred

PhD student in Refugee Care, Department of Psychoanalytic Studies (Refugee Care), University of Essex and Tavistock Clinic London, London, England, UK

Zibiah Alfred is a PhD student in Refugee Care at University of Essex. She has carried out oral history fieldwork for the Refugee Communities History Project and gave time to create the CD ROM Childhood Landscapes on a voluntary basis.

Thein Than Tun

Research Fellow, Department of Computing, Open University, Milton Keynes, England, UK

Thein Than Tun is a research fellow in the Computing Department at Open University and gave time to create the CD ROM Childhood Landscapes on a voluntary basis.

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