RefugeesWellSchool was invited by CON-FRONT to present its work to promote the psychosocial well-being of young refugees and migrants across the EU. CON-FRONT is a brand new international and multidisciplinary project on the cultural commemoration of the Great War. The project is supported in the Creative Europe programme within the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018. CON-FRONT wants to raise awareness on the common European legacy of the First World War through a unique international cooperation between music venues and heritage partners. The partnership spreads from Belgium, France, Slovenia to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, connecting a large part of the different historical continental war fronts. The First World War uprooted millions of European civilians, creating the first massive European refugee crisis ever. War migration has repeated itself over and over during the last 100 years. A better comprehension of the past is essential to understand the present challenges Europe is facing. CON-FRONTs most visible output is a muisciplinary creation (music and visuals) of a group of young international artists (pop and rock musicians and visual artists), completed by a European tour and a cross-border documentary capturing the whole process.
An Verelst presented the work of RefugeesWellSchool partners to promote the well-being of young refugees and migrants in schools. She stressed the importance of working on social connection in psychosocial support interventions as is done in the different RefugeesWellSchool interventions. ‘We recognize the psychosocial consequences of armed conflict on young refugees as you are showing us through art today. We hope that RefugeesWellSchool will provide us with new knowledge on how to best support young refugees to cope with those consequences in schools.’