For the Refugee Unit, the Grade 7-8 students were asked to pretend they were told that they had to leave their home in an hour, and that they had to pack their backpacks. This is what they came up with.
"I found that the “pack a bag” assignment was somewhat difficult, it was really hard for me to think of stuff to bring. I kind of just looked around my room and grabbed things that I thought would be useful. When I laid everything out I knew I was missing something but I didn't know what. When I looked at other people's photos in class for their “pack a bag”, I realized that I was missing a lot of important stuff, like food, water, electronics and chargers. It was also quite challenging to find stuff that I needed but that could fit in my bag, like my duvet covers or my entire snow suit. Even though I know that my dog can't fit in my bag, because he’s pretty big, I still decided to put him in the photo because I know that If I was in a situation where I had to leave my house right away, I would be the first person in my house to grab my dog and load him into our car.I know this because every time I go out I want to bring my dog with me for a car ride, and usually I can’t but in this situation it wouldn't even be a question to bring my dog. The doll would have been something to sell or barter for something else.
In the end I found the “Pack a Bag '' experience very eye opening, it's one thing to plan something in your head and say, I would pack this and I would pack that. But once you have to pack that bag it's really hard to figure out what to pack. I’ve learned just how hard it is to pack a bag with everything you may need to survive, and how unimaginable it would be to leave everything you own or know behind and leave so suddenly with pretty much nothing." TM
The photo above, includes duct tape, and quick-dry, breathable clothing. The photo below, includes a supply of nutritious meal replacement granola bars and extra socks and gloves. The doll in the first shot, would be brought as an item that could be sold or bartered for food or essential items.
"This assignment really made me think about how sudden or how ill prepared I was to just leave home forever. After seeing my classmates ideas to bring, I wish I would have brought more like more food, outdoor gear or water instead of sparkling water. But trying to flee to the south from Canada is really tough without proper gear. I took for granted how safe we were in Canada until it happened. Wish me luck." DM
Our teachers 2019-2020 are: *Aïcha Mehablia: DELF, Français, Sciences humaines