On February 6, 2017, BC High began a week long focus to raise awareness on the growing humanitarian issues of refugees in the world. In collaboration with the Jesuit Refugee Service, the Hyde Center for Global Education will provide experiential learning opportunities to simulate what life is like for this growing population.
While it is impossible to fully comprehend what it is like to be forced from your home and live as a refugee, students from several religious education classes were given scenarios such as, choosing between bringing extra clothing or choosing to bring extra water for their long journey. For example, to represent the size of a rescue boat, a 6’x8’ rectangle of tape was placed on the floor in the Cadigan atrium for students to sit in. Discussion on what to do if the boat capsized or if refugees were captured seemed to sink in for the 6th period world religion class going through the simulation.
This week, students will also have the opportunity to view the powerful documentary Salam Neighbor, a film documenting the experiences of American filmmakers Zach Ingrasci and Chris Temple when they lived among 85,000 Syrians in Jordan's Za'atari refugee camp, which lies seven miles from the Syrian border.