6 Dec '15

News City of Sanctuary: how Paddington Bear is helping pupils welcome refugees

The charity’s Schools of Sanctuary scheme teaches children why people leave their homes and what hardships they face• Donate to the Guardian and Observer charity appeal 2015He fled an earthquake, stowed away on a ship and arrived in London illegally with nothing but an old bush hat and a small battered suitcase. Paddington Bear and his story may now be more than 50 years old, but the marmalade-loving Peruvian immigrant has found a whole new resonance in the current refugee debate.The story of how the Brown family of Windsor Gardens sheltered a homeless migrant, as detailed in author Michael Bond’s books, is being used in schools around the country to help primary pupils understand why people leave their homes and the difficulties they face. Rose McCarthy, co-ordinator of the Schools of Sanctuary scheme, an arm of one of the Guardian and Observer’s Christmas Appeal charities, City of Sanctuary, said: “Paddington works really well for young children.” Continue reading...

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