Meeting the Kids.
After what seemed to be a long weekend full of event planning and introduction to the locals we finally got to meet our group of kids. We were divided into groups with several students and kids in each. My excitement was undoubtable but a bit nervous as well — how on earth am I supposed to teach those refugee kids German when their German is already better than mine ? Either way it’s going to be an interesting experience.
After we arrived at school I was a bit surprised by what I observed — ordinary school children. I am not sure what I was expecting them to be like in the first place to be honest. I guess I was amazed how those children were so cheerful taking into consideration what kind of things they went through in their home countries.
We were paired up with four boys from Syria and one from Afghanistan. All of them were really friendly and it was more of them helping me with my German than the other way around. Throughout the week we got to do lots of activities — we went on a scavenger hunt where me and Julia(also uni of ed student) almost got sunstroke while chasing after the kids! We made pancakes together where I’ve proved that my cooking skills are not as tragic as I thought they were (not that making pancakes is something difficult).
We agreed in our group to avoid sensitive topics with them and treat them as if they were just ordinary kids as much as we can. However, by the end of the week, we all knew each other better and some of the children confided in us without prompting. When you ask an 11 year old boy about his family and he mentions that his younger brother was blinded by an explosion, you are brought back to the reality of what those kids have really been through. This is what makes me question — what would I be like if I had to go through this at their age? This is not fair on those innocent kids and it angers me that there are still lots of ignorant people out there wanting to leave them without any help, while refusing to be involved or to even understand their point of view. It’s easy to judge while sitting on your sofa listening to BBC news and it’s a completely different thing to be involved in it.