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World Refugee Day 2004: Czech Republic

World Refugee Day 2004: Czech Republic

20 June 2004

Kids play in a neighbourhood populated mostly by Iraqi refugees. Because refugees are not allowed to work in Syria, children often must take informal jobs to help support their families.

An information campaign was organised to promote World Refugee Day and refugee issues. Posters and ads were posted in public transport vehicles.

A concert of refugee music groups was held at the Rock Café in Prague. Musicians played traditional music from their country of origin and refugee women prepared samples of their national cuisine.

A ceremony for best refugee student was organised in cooperation with NGOs, schools and refugee camps. The event was organised under the auspices of the Minister of Education at its ceremonial premises and was well reflected in the Czech media.

The Czech version of the World Refugee Day TV spot was broadcast on both national TV channels.

In cooperation with the Central Bohemia Pedagogic centre, a roundtable focusing on the education of refugee children was organised, discussing in detail the current methodology in the area of refugee children's education.

Two major travel agencies in Prague included a World Refugee Day card "Most people travel for fun. Refugees travel from fear" with every plane ticket issued.

The Czech National Theatre promoted World Refugee Day by attaching a leaflet to each ticket sold during the second half of June.