At the beginning of March, the L6th CAS group carried out our CAS group project. The project was centred on the Rohingya refugee children from the local Rohingya refugee school. The Rohingya is a group of people who are regarded as stateless (meaning that they do not belong to any country), the majority of whom are Muslim, while the minority are Hindu. The majority of them were living in Rakhine state in Myanmar, up until the Rohingya persecution crisis. Myanmar’s military and police forces began a severe crackdown on the Rohingya people in Rakhine state. This forced them to flee Myanmar to neighbouring countries, many of them fleeing to Bangladesh and Malaysia. After fleeing from Myanmar, they are still not allowed to legally enter other countries, as they do not have passports, forcing them to live in relative secrecy under difficult conditions.
We started planning this project at the beginning of Season 2 with everyone putting in ideas for the project, and we were meant to finish by the end of the season. However, we were unable to settle on one idea for the majority of Season 2, and overran into Season 3. Eventually, we decided on one idea – that we would have the children come over to the College to have an educational and fun day.
On the day of our project, we gave the children a warm welcome and then continued to play some icebreaker games organised and led by Arvin, which they seemed to really enjoy. After that, we split them into two groups, juniors and seniors. The computer lessons, led by Maya, Rhys and myself consisted of teaching the juniors how to use Microsoft PowerPoint and the internet to make posters on anything they wanted, which, for most of them, were their hobbies. They picked up things very quickly despite some of them not having used computers before. The seniors used PowerPoint to make presentations, which some of them delivered very confidently in front of everyone else – in English, which was very impressive.
In the science lessons led by Nannarelle, Shermin, Jenny and Jierui, the juniors did various experiments, looking at onion cells, doing chromatography experiments and making towers with pasta and marshmallows. The seniors got to experiment with yeast, circuits and titrations. To end the day, the children were brought to the pitches to have a fun ultimate frisbee session, led by Alex Lafon, Reuben and Arvin.
This project was an opportunity for us to develop our communication and collaboration skills, especially with people who speak a different language from us and come from entirely different and less privileged backgrounds. We also learnt that it’s always possible for people to connect with each other despite all their differences. It was amazing for us to see just how kind, friendly, and approachable these kids are, despite having to go through such hardships in their lives. Knowing this, it meant a lot to us to see them being enthusiastic and enjoying themselves the whole day.
Overall, the whole project turned out to be a success, as the main purpose of this project was to make sure that the children could learn and have fun by experiencing and using the learning and sports facilities that we are privileged enough to have. We believe that we have done this with flying colours, and we all enjoyed having the children at the College, and seeing them leave with smiles on their faces. Mentions must go to our group leaders Zahra, Daria and Nannarelle for being the driving forces of our group. We must thank Mr Eatough for allowing us to carry out this project and Mrs Eatough for allowing use to use the library; Mr Scott, Mrs Tomlinson, Mrs Tolba and Mr Inskip for letting us use one of the Medawar classrooms and the equipment; Ms Murray from the Prep School for allowing use to use some of their laptops; and Mrs Gaal and Ms Ayesha who helped and facilitated us getting into contact with the Rohingya school. Last, but not least, everyone from the CAS group gives our thanks to Ms A and Mr Gray for constantly helping us and guiding us throughout this whole process, from planning to the actual project.
Zain Azri | Sixth Form