The EA commissioned Kitabna to create ‘When the Lights Go Out’ in 2019 to help support the integration of Arabic-speaking refugees and asylum seekers into schools across Northern Ireland.
In 2021, EA STARS team worked with Kitabna again to create three new bilingual therapeutic stories designed for newcomer pupils who may be experiencing grief, separation and difficulties when trying new things. A therapeutic story uses metaphor to create a safe space in which distressing emotions can be explored and shared. The three new books are:
1. A First New Friend
2. The Mountains in our Hearts
3. Where Do You Come From?
All four of these stories can be accessed and downloaded from the Kitabna Online Library, along with other anthologies of stories Kitabna has made freely available in e-book format.
Asylum Seekers and Refugees Information Booklet
Quick Guide to the Curriculum for Parents
These translated guides of the CCEA document Quick Guide to the Curriculum for Parents are to help refugee parents understand the primary school curriculum and the post primary school curriculum in Northern Ireland.