The plight of refugees in Europe continues to dominate news worldwide and has become a crucial element in many TASIS England classrooms, engaging the interest of students in world events.
On October 27, Upper School students had the unique opportunity to hear from someone with first-hand refugee experience. Mr. Bernard Quah, who has spent 31 years in the field with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) joined IB History students and members of the School's Model United Nations group.
Mr. Quah’s last posting was in Syria for two years. During the hour-long conversation, students were given an in-depth view of the realities that cause mass fleeing from troubled countries. Iva Skojo ’16, who served in a refugee camp in Croatia this past summer, added her personal experience to the conversation, sharing with students and Mr. Quah a perspective not often heard in the media – that of a young person.
The School's September fundraiser was dedicated to the UNHCR and TASIS England students will continue to hold special events, fundraisers, and discussions about the crisis throughout the school year.
These activities are important in shaping how our students view global events, and increase their understanding and empathy, as they become responsible world citizens.