Voices for Refugees

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Who We Are

Voices for Refugees is a focus group service at UWCSEA East. Our group works to advocate for refugee rights within our community, as well as the rights of other marginalized groups across the globe. To learn more about our group and the work we do, click on the button below!

Read our Blog and Reflections here

Connect For…

Leading up to World Refugee Day, our students took the stage to kick start our understanding, and to inspire action to be: Julia, an 11th grade UWCSEA East Scholar, from Berlin, reflects on a refugee camp in Germany. Julie volunteered there for four months, working...

Write for Rights 2019: Reflections of the 24 hour event

Hana Mori's Write for Rights 2019 Reflection Researching and preparing for Write for Rights allowed me to gain a better understanding of the issue we are addressing. First time leading a case study, it was challenging to manage time and the group, and I had so many...

Social Inclusion of Migrant Workers – Sazzad Hossain

Sazzad Hossain, the founder of the social enterprise SDI Academy, also visited to share his experience with Migrant Workers in Singapore and what he is doing to promote social inclusion. So far, this group has trained 500 migrant workers in Singapore, and they are...

Dr Hakim

Dr Hakim Young is a Singaporean who has been working in Afghanistan for 15 years. Today he spoke about his work in conflict zones and his mission to end war Don't ever let our education or any ideology or any sociology interfere with what we all understand in our...

Stuart MacAlpine

Sky School is a new initiative here at UWC. It was founded by Polly Akhurst and Mia Eskelund who are alumni from a different UWC. Sky School aims to give refugees an education, and our focus is the Syrian refugees living in Jordan, particularly those around the ages...

Check out this video on the day so far! #UWCwithRefugees

Joy Haugen – My Refugee Experience

We are incredibly lucky to have Joy Haugen, UWCSEA Service Department, originally from South Sudan to talk about her experience being a refugee. She grew up in a refugee camp after moving there when she was 6 years old to support her grandmother. Recently, Joy visited...

UWC – Scholarships and Refugees

A central focus for this 'World Refugee Day' is considering the action we can take to improve the conditions of refugees and help in remedying the number of human rights refugees. The question remains, what is UWC as a movement doing about it? As of now, 5% of current...

Mathilda Ho

Mathilda Ho is our first guest speaker of the day. She is the founder of Advocates for Refugees - Singapore, a Facebook group which also aims to bring awareness to the issue of refugees. She founded the group after speaking to a Rohingya person, asking what she could...

Live Stream

Check out the Live Stream of our World Refugee Day Event!

Messages to Refugees

An integral part of this event is a live video taping we do. Students from Grades 1 to 11 record their messages throughout the day, communicating their empathy for the plight of these groups being forced to migrate by famine or violent conflict. The nature of these as...

Our Issues


We believe in equal rights for all. In Voices, we work to ensure that refugees and asylum seekers, as well as other marginalised groups, aren’t denied basic freedoms and human rights. In addition, we seek to dispel myths around refugees and asylum seekers, to ensure that they are fairly represented and receive the same opportunities as anyone else. Finally, we hope to give refugees and migrants a voice and a platform to speak, rather than speaking for them.


In Voices, we seek to hold governments accountable for their treatment of refugees and asylum seekers. We contact governments and send letters from students to governments and institutions across the globe, calling for change and reforms in policy, to ensure justice, freedom and safety for migrants and refugee communities. Finally, we seek to work with our school and other UWC communities to foster safe, welcoming environments for migrants.


Finally, we believe in the importance of partnership and community to achieve our goals. We aim to continue working with other services within our school, other UWC communities, and even outside organisations, to spread our message and work towards our goals. By partnering with others, not only do we gain more knowledge and resources to help further our cause, but we also gain the opportunity to meet others and take inspiration from other initiatives.

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