The UNHCR theme for World Refugee Day is :
‘They can take my home but they can not take my future.’
This week students at our school have made artworks to pay homage to refugees who never give up hope even after they have been forced to leave their homes. It is this resilience that everyone can learn from.
Kindergarten – KH
Below are some photos from artworks KH made after listening to the book ‘Refugees’ by David Miller. They had a discussion on reasons why people and the ducks in the book would be forced to leave their homes. Then Kindergarten made boats.
These boats represent the place in the story where the ducks stayed one night after they fled their homes. While resting in a boat, the ducks were taken out to sea and needed to fly back. The book shows that just when the ducks thought they were safe and started to rest, something happens which means they need to move on. Many refugees have this type of experience – just when they think they have found a new home, they need to move on. The boat artworks also symbolise a mode of transport used by some refugees to escape war and natural disasters. The feathers in the students’ boats link to the ducks in the story who were refugees because trucks, diggers and bulldozers ruined the swamp where these birds once lived.
Year 2- 2CH
Year 2 students read the book ‘Ziba came on a boat’ by Liz Lofthouse and illustrated by Robert Ingpen. They talked about how Ziba was thinking about lots of different things while she was on the boat on her way to her new country. Some of her thoughts were focused on her old country and some of her thoughts were focused on her new country and future. The children in 2CH chose one of Ziba’s thoughts to draw using oil pastels. They were in pairs making the artwork and writing a complex sentence which started with “While Ziba was on the boat, she thought about …” Our class discussion centred around the positive things Ziba remembered about her old country, the reasons why she left her country and the hope she had about her new country and her future.