I am a Refugee


I am a Refugee (originally called, “There is No Greater Sorrow”) by Jonathan Neelands

Jonothan Neelands – Professor of Creative Education | Staff Directory | WBS

Inquiry Question:  What is it like for a refugee?

Workshop Description:This workshop is based on a poignant drama written by Jonathan Neelands.  With the flight of so many refugees fleeing their homes and coming to start new lives, this kind of work is critical for building understanding and empathy.  This inquiry allows students of grades 6-9 to discover what it might be like for a refugee to move to a new country.  Various perspectives are explored and genuine understanding and empathy results.  Experience a workshop that will give you the tools to bring this timely education to your students.

Key Messages:

  1. We all have a point of view shaped by life experiences
  2. Understanding another person’s point of view is powerful
  3. Refugees have hopes and dreams of a better life in their new country
  4. Treat others the way you want to be treated

Major Benefits:

  • Develop empathy towards someone with a different point of view
  • Experience interacting with characters that don’t speak the same language
  • Practice the process of coming to really understand someone
  • Engage in the inquiry and discover what you can learn, then take action
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