This September, Behind the News is launching “The BtN Welcome Book”, a world-first initiative that aims to extend a personal and moving hand of friendship to every new young arrival to Australia. When refugee or migrant families come to this country they’re given a welcome pack. It contains a lot of important information for parents, but nothing for their kids.
Behind the News, in conjunction with non-partisan not-for-profit group Welcome to Australia, want to change that by creating a book full of colourful and heartfelt welcome messages, pictures and tips written by the kids of Australia.
That book will then be given to every refugee or migrant family that arrives in the country as part of their welcome pack, giving young arrivals a very personal and friendly welcome to their new home country.
To get involved, kids must follow these steps:
1. Choose a category
- A Welcome to Australia message.
- Your favourite place to visit in Australia.
- Your favourite thing about living in Australia.
2. Make a bright and friendly picture on A4 sized paper.
You can enter by yourself, as a group or with your whole class. Make sure you follow the specifications on the website.
3. Upload your picture to the same category you chose in step 1.
These categories are on the website for you to select from.