This term, every child at Bitterne Park Primary school took part in walking 1km each (3 laps of our school field). Our significant focus came from Walk with Amal. Did you know she has travelled 8,000 km and through 8 countries! We wanted to partake in the walk to refuge in order to contextualise the length that refugees have travelled to sanctuary.
Here is an insight from Tilly & Jude in year 5:
‘For our sanctuary focus this half term, we are learning about children of the world.
We walked around the field to raise awareness of The Walk. We walked because there are people called refugees who have to walk thousands of miles to find sanctuary – which means a safe place.
It is important to learn about refugees because we need to know what is happening around the world – especially at the moment as we are welcoming refugees into our school and need to understand what is going on.
We need to make sure that we keep talking about this and don’t forget about how important it is. Stopping talking about it isn’t going to make the problem go away. We need to educate ourselves and each other about this in order to help.’
The children have since completed their footprint and we have displayed these around school leading to each key city Amal walked through. Each class has linked into a specific location and can confidently talk about Amal's journey. As a school we would like to ensure we support refugees around the globe and make our school a place of welcome for others.
‘Refugees walk for sanctuary and sanctuary means a safe place. We tried to think about what life would be like if we had to seek shelter.’
‘Refugees are humans and deserve safety and a home like us. Walking 1KM made me feel tired and cold, even with my coat on. I couldn’t imagine walking 8,000 km.’
‘We need to make sure that we keep talking about this and don’t forget about how important it is. Stopping talking about it isn’t going to make the problem go away!’
Our wider partnership school family has also been walking and reflecting upon the journeys those seeking sanctuary face. This has sparked curiosity to find out whether we have collaboratively reached a distance similar to Amal. We discovered that as a partnership that we have covered a distance of 1,377km. This is under a ¼ of Amal’s brave journey.
You can find more about Amal’s walk here: https://www.walkwithamal.org/