As stated by Libraries Without Borders, “refugees are deprived of information, culture, education, and professional training, and they suffer from trauma, boredom, and loss of hope.” We need a way to change this.
Let’s deliver a toolbox containing touch pads and laptops to provide e-learning. E-readers/e-books and paper books and a selection of art and craft resources.
“When one has lost everything and there is nothing else left, the only thing that cannot be taken away is the ability to dream” — Philippe Starck
A student’s drawing depicting myths around refugee issues in Australia. © NSW Department of Education and Communities
A refugee is a second-class citizen with a number scrawled on your hand or printed on a wristband, who everyone wishes would somehow go away. (Sunday Mail, October, 23, 2016)
“When you get to know us, you’ll see we are not that different. I am not just a number. None of us are.” ( Nujeen:One Girl’s Incredible Journey from War-Torn Syria in a Wheelchair)
Can you imagine living with your children in an environment full of crime, lack of freedom, limited food and portable shelters?
Unfortunately over 85 000 refugees fled the war in Syria and are living in inhumane conditions. What was meant to be a temporary infrastructure for many has turned into a permanent community. Although little hope for the future looks unimaginable, walls in Zaatari’s classrooms are lined with pictures and captions: “Help us back home.”
Come along and celebrate the Gold Coast’s cultural diversity by walking together united.
The event will kick off with activities, cultural performances and stalls. The walk will begin at 11am, and will end with a free BBQ lunch and entertainment.
To: Saturday, 22 October 2016 Where:Broadwater Parklands (Great Lawn) Cost:Free
Organisation:Multicultural Communities Council Gold Coast
Phone:07 5527 8011