Year 8 students in Cardinal Newman Catholic School in Hove had a taste of life as a refugee family recently.
A team of three CAFOD School Volunteers, occasionally aided by Martin from the A&B CAFOD office, led three workshops a day for four days in the school as part of its Enrichment Week.
The ‘On the Move’ activity takes students through the journey of a refugee. They think about home and then have to leave because of a war entering their neighbourhood. Students have to choose which belongings to take with them, and then head off on their journey. They encounter several difficulties such as having to split up from their families and use their most valuable item to pay for transport, at each stage having to decide what or who is most important to keep.
The students get very involved in the discussions with fellow family members, debating what’s more important – a passport or water bottle, a mobile phone or a plastic sheet?
After reflecting on the journey students went on a journey of their own, walking through the forest and reflecting on the real stories of various refugees. These miles are being added to the on-line totaliser for our Share the Journey Campaign. We have been asking you to walk around the world (29,500 miles) but you’ve been so supportive we’ve now walked three times around the world (78,064) and we’re heading for a fourth time round.
Students then had a chance to join in with our Share the Journey campaign, asking Prime Minister Theresa May to ensure global agreements on refugees and migrants uphold their rights and dignity.
The days were a big success and Cardinal Newman teachers were hugely helpful in harnessing and directing the energy of the pupils for the exercise. Our thanks go to Jacqueline, Kay and Bernadette our team of school volunteers for their tireless energies. Thanks also to the staff at Cardinal Newman for their help and the students for their enthusiasm and compassion for people on the move.
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