Louise, from our partner company Invisible Grail, came to one of our recent training sessions to find out more about the barriers facing young asylum seekers and refugees as they seek to progress to higher education.
What did she learn? She writes:
"These barriers are structural. They are often beyond the control of any one person, least of all a young person finding their feet in a new country. And when you layer these challenges on top of each other – brick upon brick – you build a wall that blocks any sight of what could be possible, regardless of talent, insight or potential.
"And the thing about walls is, they’re not one-dimensional. If these young people struggle to see over these barriers from their side, universities and higher education institutions will struggle to see them clearly too. Barriers exist both ways."
So, what can be done?
Read Louise's blog on the Invisible Grail website to find out the part that each of us can plan in breaking these walls down.