The Lampedusa Cross has quickly become an iconic symbol of hope for refugees and all those who stand in solidarity with them. After a workshop about refugees, students from St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School wrote messages of hope and then created a video.
Year 5 children undertook a workshop with CAFOD to learn about refugees and the difficult decisions that are faced daily.
Students were shown various items that they might take with them on their journey as a refugee. An abundance of items were shown to them ranging from the practical items to the luxury items, including; water, food, blankets, books, teddy bears, shelter, first aid kit, electronics and sleeping gear.
The children then had to choose six items that they would take with them.
This created such a great discussion that as the children went out to play; they were still debating over which items they would take with them on their journey and which items should be left behind. Surprisingly, the teddy bear was still the focus of the debate when the children came back in from play. As young as these children are, they recognised that the teddy bear is a luxury item, yet it was something they were not willing to part with, it was part of them, part of their home, and something they wanted to take with them on their journey to another country.
A beautiful moment occurred, as the children listed the six things they would take with on their journey, it was quickly noticed that they had all written the word ‘family’ on their lists. At aged 9, these children have already realised the importance of family. They understood that to survive and be happy on this journey, they would need their family.
The children were then guided through a scenario about having to flee from their homes to Europe.
The year 5 classes showed that they care about refugees and decided to take their messages one step further.
Students from St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School recorded their messages of hope. These shall be shared with refugees through CAFOD and their partners.