Refugee Week 17 – 23 June

Bootham School are proud to host a public talk by Gulwali Passarlay, to start off Refugee Week on Monday 17 June.  All tickets are free and the talk is open to everyone; we hope to see you there.

“Gulwali is a dedicated advocate and spokesperson for refugees and asylum seekers across the UK and is the Co-Founder of not-for-profit organisation “My Bright Kite CIC”.  Since arriving in the UK in 2007, after being forced to leave Afghanistan as a 12 year old boy, Gulwali has achieved, beyond all odds, to become a well-respected and sought after public speaker, influencer and political campaigner for refugee’s rights, social justice and education. The experience of his journey to the UK shaped his future and inspired an insatiable determination and commitment to raise awareness and make a difference for other refugees.

Among his many achievements, Gulwali graduated with a Politics degree from The University of Manchester and he is now studying for his MPA at Coventry. Gulwali is the esteemed author of his autobiography, “The Lightless Sky: My Journey to Safety as a Child Refugee”.  

In his talks, Gulwali shares his captivating story of struggle, danger and resilience and how he miraculously survived the harrowing year long journey from Afghanistan to the UK, on his own, after being separated from his brother. Through his talks, audience’s young and old, are able to achieve an understanding of the extent of adversity that refugees face and thus be inspired to instigate positive change in their environments.”

For the full schedule of events for Refugee Week please see below: