Students in the Grade 4/5 class at St. Bernadette welcomed a newcomer to Sault Ste. Marie and Canada. Bassel Alkosani, a refugee from Syria sponsored by Algoma University, had the opportunity to tell the students his story through the Refugee705 initiative.
Alkosani spoke to the students about his native country and what it offered and looked like prior to the civil war that is now ravaging the mid-East nation. As part of his presentation the students were asked to construct a ‘home’ similar to what Alkosani and many other refugees find themselves in when they are placed in refugee camps. Alkosani himself was a resident of such a camp in Lebanon before being sponsored to come to Canada. The students were given a table, cardboard, a cloth and two chairs to construct their shelter.
Prior to the visit students in the class had been learning about the plight of refugees from Syria and worldwide.