Student library talks

I will be doing these again in the coming year! As 2019 is coming to a close, 2020 promises to be a year of progress, allowing us to review our norms and values, so important now with regard to diversity and inclusion of all people into the community. I am inviting all high schools, WITT and other institutions to participate in the conversation. Contact me if you would like me to open up a discussion with your students about real life experiences in our community.

The last one at Frances Douglas was a success. My response to it on the day:

Today I had the privilege to visit and talk to a group of students at the Francis Douglas Memorial College library. Super grateful for the invite by Sue Page the librarian and the lovely conversation held by all who attended! We spoke about the book HOMELANDS THEN & NOW written on behalf of Migrant Connections Taranaki and the challenges we may face as we integrate into the local community. We are a multicultural society and that is something we cannot ignore. The ultimate goal is living side by side in peace with respect for one another regardless of our race, culture, nationality, gender, or religion. 
Thank you to all the students for your participation! I look forward to your stories 🙂

This is what FDMC Library said:

Author Ingrid van Amsterdam came to our library today to talk with students about the journeys and experiences of our migrant community. She used her book as a starting point to share perspectives of what it’s like to uproot and make another country your home.

We forgot to take photos, but she is coming back again to keep the conversation going. In the meantime, students are invited to get in touch with Ingrid so we can gather some of our own stories. Ask Ms Page for Ingrid’s contact details if you’d like to be included in her project.