In light of the Forum, I can confidently say it was a success! As a school(Brentford School for Girls in the UK), we managed to come together with Oxfam GB to present our thoughts and ideas to two other schools in conjunction with 2017 Refugee Week.
With weeks of preparation in advance, the day itself was filled with a plethora of activities that were all led by students. They ranged from an eye opening presentation illustrating the current issues surrounding the refugee and migration crisis, to group carousel activities involving writing letters encapsulating the thoughts of life jackets worn by refugees. We were even fortunate enough to have guest speakers come in, Josephine Liebel from the Oxfam team and Ammar a refugee himself who bravely gave a powerful testament of his experience. As a result, the Forum was both soulful and enjoyable!
I am so glad that as students we got the opportunity to make a difference in this issue. Leaving the Forum motivated, we ventured on to take further action and distributed postcards to all the students in our school to encourage them to write to their local MPs or even the Prime Minister, Theresa May, urging them to change the laws for family unification. Upon reflection, as students, we are left inspired and opportunistic for the changes that are yet to come and are extremely grateful for the actions that we got to take as we strove to give voices to the voiceless.
Student, Brentford School for Girls, UK