I agree that after viewing the two particular sites along with the numerous other VODs and sites on what is occurring for Refugees – the things that strike me the most are…
- the Hope – the hope of a better future, the hope of returning home
- the importance of Family and Belonging – belonging to their community, to each other and to their own country
- there’s no place like Home – and the longing to be at home – to be, just be. And that the actual physical belongings are not important ‘the stuff’ we have even as I look around my room – is so cluttered and clustered – they are not important.
- Sprit – the spirit of believing, of not giving up, of education
- Support – to be supportive and have people that care, empathise and are their for the people, a supportive, caring teacher, educator, someone to listen
- Pride in what they do – of education – to strive to learn and want to learn
Education can assist in:
- guiding and engendering the spirit of self worth, self direction and self reflection
- the tools to search and use technology for the purpose of connecting, collaborating, for reaching out, for supporting, for helping, for being
- providing a space in Refugee camps to be away from harm, offer peace, security, protection
- the development of the whole child – the psychosocial development
Education in a Refugee Camp – provides a beginning. A chance to not be just a child in a Refugee Camp but to be a child in the world. A world of the future.
My other reflection after reading through the posts in the our students forum is:
Thank you everyone for posting and sharing your thoughts and reflection – reflecting on what is important to me:
We had to flee in the 2003 Bushfires here in Canberra. I didn’t have time to pack a bag – I remember as we were literally running out of our house I just grabbed my wallet (for my ID and access to my money), my phone and left with my husband. Nothing else mattered except to be, to be safe and be together. I remember thinking that I can re-build everything but I can’t leave without family (our son was born a few years after the fires).
The days after the bushfire (and yes our home was okay) I remember being in a surreal space where ‘things’ didn’t matter, my family and close friends were what mattered the most. I wasn’t worried about our photos or material things – we could start again and I would always have my memories of our photos. I just wanted to be, to be together and just be…
The other reflection I have is the amazing empowering person, Saint Teresa of Calcutta. Who supported, cared for and showed compassion and mercy for those who were poor and homeless in Calcutta. Saint Teresa was building and empowering others for a better future, a future of hope, of belief in oneself, a safe environment.
This is really making me think!!!