Help Us Get Back Home!

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.”Thousands Of Syrian Refugees Seek Shelter In Makeshift Camps In Jordan

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Walk Together Gold Coast

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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.

When:From: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Saturday, 22 October 2016
To: Saturday, 22 October 2016 Where:Broadwater Parklands (Great Lawn) Cost:Free

Type: Public

Contact:Kevin Dando

Organisation:Multicultural Communities Council Gold Coast

Phone:07 5527 8011

Email:KevinD@mccgc.com.au

Web:https://www.welcometoaustralia.org.au/walk-together-2016/

What would you pack in your back pack?

back-pack“What’s in my bag,” was  an emotional trigger. I sat down with my teenager daughter and asked her, “What would you pack in your back pack?” Mobile phone was the first item to be named, followed by brand label shoes, clothes, a book to read and makeup. No mention of the essentials-food, cooking utensils and water. It was a clear indication that we have no idea.

One in a hundred people have been forced to flee their country due to violence of war. Although it is constantly in the media many people are unaware of why people flee from their countries. The media often misinterprets refugees and create misunderstandings.

The fundamentals of learning in the future is humanitarianism. All children come with their individual, ‘packed suitcase’ and it is our job to unpack and interpret them to cater for their own needs. Love, security, peace and a safe environment is essential before any worthwhile learning takes place.

When considering a new learning space as we move further into this century the wellbeing of children need to be a priority. Children need to feel loved and safe, healthy and happy. We need to keep well connected  thinking globally not locally.