Welcoming Schools for Students from Refugee Backgrounds Programme

Refugees as Survivors NZ (RASNZ), a specialist mental health and wellbeing service for people from refugee backgrounds, has been funded by the Auckland Council, to run a Welcoming Schools’ initiative for schools with high numbers of students from refugee backgrounds. The programme includes:

  • RASNZ cross-cultural trauma-informed training for school staff.
  • school-based fun empowerment programmes for youth.
  • presentations and workshops for the wider school community.

The aim is to support school teams, learning support services and Ministry of Education staff by:

  • informing a whole of school cross-cultural trauma-informed care approach to supporting students from refugee backgrounds.
  • raising schools' awareness of the impact of the refugee journey and refugee resettlement, and of resources to support students from a refugee background.
  • supporting young people and families from refugee backgrounds to achieve educational aims and to maintain mental health and wellbeing.

The programmes are offered free of charge to anyone working in the education sector with refugee background students and whānau in the Auckland region.

View more information about the Welcoming Schools initiative

View the flyer about the Empowering Schools to Support Former Refugee Whānau 

View workshop dates and the education booking form

For further information, please contact: RASNZ Training and Research Manager, Dr Annette Mortensen phone: 021 838 351, email: annette@rasnz.co.nz.

Welcoming Schools for Students from Refugee Backgrounds Programme