Links, Not Chains: Project for Schools

The project ‘Links, Not Chains’ is designed to allow schools across Australia to show their support for the children held in detention. Its aim is to promote a sense of compassion among children by raising awareness of the circumstances of children in detention.

The ‘Links, Not Chains’ project celebrates our links through multiculturalism and the wonderful contribution made to our country by generations of refugees. Using their creative skills and imagination, schoolchildren are encouraged to create images and performances that reflect their hopes and dreams, and their bonds of friendship with the children in detention.

The project culminates in the creation of paper links as a school community  to symbolically show support for the children held in detention. By inviting members of the community to be involved and add a link we hope to raise awareness about the children held in detention.

The project can be held at any time during the school year so please get involved. Our easy to use Resource Kit (attached below) allows you to easily run a Links, Not Chains program with your class.

This kit includes websites for lesson plans, lists of story books about asylum seekers and much more. Please use these resources as a guide, and adapt the program to suits the needs and interests of your school community.

Links, Not Chains Resource Kit

Links Not Chains Event at Clonard College, Geelong


The students at Clonard College, Geelong recently held a very thought provoking Links Not Chains event. We would like to thank them for their involvement in this program and commend them for raising awareness about the plight of asylum seekers.

Clonard College made the following statement about their event:

“Today we marked the conclusion of refugee week at Clonard. Students gave up their own lunchtime to put themselves in a ‘detention’ as a peaceful protest against keeping asylum seekers locked up in detention centres. We also put together our ‘links not chains’. All members of Clonard had the opportunity to make a paper link with a message of support for people in detention. These links were joined together to create a long paper chain. ‪#‎linksnotchains is about creating links of community, welcome and support….not chains of isolation.”


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