Wollongong City Council

09/06/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/05/2017 22:17

If I were a Refugee

Wollongong City Council has partnered with Multicultural Communities Council of Illawarra and Warrawong High School to help local Year 9 and 10 students gain an understanding of what it would be like to flee your country and leave everything you know.

Ashley and Seyda, Year 10 Students at Warrawong High School, with Sarah Stewart, Community Development Worker with Wollongong City Council at the Refugee Challenge 2017.

It's the third year students have been given the opportunity to participate in the Illawarra Refugee Challenge and learn about refugee experiences and journeys, to highlight what they might endure before settling in a new home.

This year's Challenge will be held at Warrawong High School on Monday 4, Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 September. At the Challenge, 24 Year 10 students who are studying HSIE will conduct tours for their fellow Year 9 and 10 peers, as well as students from neighbouring schools.

The Challenge consists of 6 semi-simulated stations in which the students conduct discussions, scenarios and role playing. The students look at the reality of water and food supplies, sanitation and education in a refugee camp.

Wollongong City Council's Community and Cultural Development Manager (Acting) Armando Reviglio said: 'The challenge is an innovative way for students and community members to gain an insight into refugee experiences and journeys. It shows the daily reality of life in a refugee camp and in a city.'

On the final day of the Challenge there will be an open community event from 2-5pm. This is an opportunity to engage with the refugee camp display, as well as talk with former refugees about their experiences. All community members are welcome to attend.

MCCI General Manager Chris Lacey said: 'MCCI is proud to partner with Council and local students on the Refugee Challenge. Our community has a long history of supporting refugees settle in the Illawarra and make a new life in Australia.

'This Refugee Challenge highlights the often difficult journey of refugees and we congratulate all the young people involved to help raise community awareness of refugees' experiences and to celebrate cultural diversity and respect.'

For more information you can contact Council's Customer Service on (02) 4227 7111 or visit our website.