By Francesca Costantino
Grade Six learned about Syrian refugees and simulated what it was like to be a refugee. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) came to the school and helped inform the 6th Graders on what was really going on 3,500km away. Together, they pitched a tent and attempted to cross the “Syrian” border with Grade 10 acting as border control. Grade six played both the role of refugees and UNHCR. The group playing refugees were asked, “What would you take with you if you were a refugee?” Answers ranged from iPhone and Playstation to passport and money. The group acting as UNHCR were tasked with registering as many “refugees” as they could, so that group could sit in the grass.
The sixth graders learned exactly how tough the situation is and sympathized with the refugees. When asked, one of the students what he thought was important when dealing with this type of situation. The student replied, “trying to help them, and not make fun of them.”
This course enlightened grade six about how serious the refugee situation is, and from what the children say, they learned a lot.
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