Seeing the World Through Different Eyes
Words are a powerful tool to open up doors for new experiences. For many non-refugee students, seeing the world of refugee students through a first-hand account is a rare and profound experience that will impact them for life.
Building on a goal to build bridges between these two worlds, RESPECT's pen pal exchange program has been facilitating letter exchanges between refugee and non-refugee students for years.
Bridgette McGoldrick, a history teacher in the Annie Wright School in Tacoma, Washington USA, recognizes this and is embarking on a journey to engage her students in a precious lesson.
While teaching her 9th grade course titled Global Studies: An exploration of political and ecological issues from past to present, one of the topics Bridgette and her students touched upon was the subject of human migration, refugees, internally displaced person and immigration policies.
To give her students a more intimate understanding of migration issues, Bridgette showed her class an excerpt from the movie about the Lost Boys of Sudan. Bridgette's students, 14 to1 5 year-old girls from around the world, including America, China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan, were deeply interested by the subject and asked her many questions.
Prompted by her students' intense interest in this subject, Bridgette came upon RESPECT when she was researching online to find possibilities that would connect her students with people of their own age but with a different set of life experiences, to whom they could write, learn from and share their own life experiences with. Seeing the World