Published On: Sun, May 25th, 2014 on 3:50 pm

Drawings by Syrian and Bradford children compared in school

Horton Grange Primary School

Schoolteacher Niela Ahmed with Diana, Eshal, Aniqah, and Qais (front row)

Syrian Refugee Drawings

Drawings by Syrian youngsters (top row) and drawings by local children (bottom)

Horton Grange Primary SchoolSyrian Refugee Drawings

‘What Is Home?’ was a question asked to Syrian refugees and local pupils from six Bradford schools. And the comparison was shocking to some.

Bradford-based charity Human Relief Foundation (HRF) and local primary schools came together to participate in a workshop where children were asked to draw their own home.

At Horton Grange Primary School, youngsters drew their favourite games and their happy families. The drawings contrasted with the ones Syrian youngsters drew however, which showed blood and tanks.

Marketing and communications officer at HRF, Sarah Gate, said: “Some of the pictures we have seen are very disturbing. When you ask a Syrian child to draw their home and their home was recently bombed, you can imagine the type of imagery you get.”

The drawings will be put together to create a large canvas made up of over a thousand tiny squares as part of World Refugee Week on 16 June.

Local organisation Sewing Bradford will be stitching it together, a task that will take several days to accomplish.

Schoolteacher at Horton Grange Primary School, Niela Ahmed, said: “We were holding a special themed week in the school to highlight and raise awareness of refugees and those in need around the world.

“It was also important to highlight racial equality and peace in our community.”

Nick Bell, Headteacher at Grange Technology College, added: “We are delighted to be able to involve our students in contributing to the canvas patchwork for Refugee Week.

“We will be promoting the event across the Southfield Grange Campus to help raise awareness amongst our students of the types of issues and challenges faced by refugees.”

The schools who took part in the workshops were: Horton Grange Primary School, Grange Technology College, Copthorne Primary School, St Oswald’s CofE Primary Academy, Lidget Green Primary School, and Princeville Primary School.

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Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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