Hello to all of Year 8 pupils at Oaklands Catholic School in Waterlooville who recently took part in some special workshops with our Education Volunteer, Alison Humphreys. The workshops, entitled ‘On the Move’, invited each young person to follow a refugee family on their journey to safety.
Each group of Year 8 students gathered together to simulate the journey of a family escaping from dangers of war. A picture map was used to chart the progress of the hazardous journey and students were asked to choose what they would take with them from a list of belongings.
During the session, Alison led the children through different stages of the story. At each stage the students had to make choices between what to leave behind and what to keep with them. These choices represented some of the real-life dilemmas which many refugees face.
After the activity, the students reflected on the decisions they had made during their journey and how they felt.
Each group was also shown Samira’s story, a Syrian girl that now lives in a Lebanon refugee camp (click film below).
Thank you to all the students and teachers at Oakland Catholic School for all your support and thank you too to Alison for facilitating such an important workshop!