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Sydney's Killara High School has today been announced as the
first school in the world to participate in Australia for UNHCR's
Here & There education project which provides the
opportunity for a live link with school children in a refugee camp
The Here & There program, developed by Australia
for UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency's charity in Australia) and Skype,
will see Killara High School team up with an Australian-funded
secondary school at the Nakivale refugee settlement in Uganda,
using Skype technology to learn more about each other's
The project connection will take place on Wednesday, 21
September, with students from each school having the opportunity to
learn more about growing up in different cultures on opposite sides
of the world.
The aim of Here & There is to provide Australian
children with a greater understanding of what it means to be a
refugee while also providing the students in Uganda with the
opportunity to talk face to face with other students in Australia.
It is envisioned the program will be extended to other
countries in 2012.
Debra O'Neill, Deputy Director of Australia for UNHCR, said:
"The standard of entries we received from schools around Australia
for the inaugural Here & There program was very high,
but Killara High School's was very strong from an educational and
engagement point of view. We are delighted to be able to offer them
this world-first opportunity to really connect with refugee
children in this way and hope that the students find this a
stimulating and enjoyable experience," said Ms O'Neill.
"Having met the children at Nakivale, there are some real
commonalities between the children - favourite foods, favourite
sports, sports-stars - which is fantastic and will show both groups
how similar they are despite living very different lives."
Dr Mark Carter, Principal at Killara High School, was delighted
to have his students selected as the first to participate in the
Here & There program.
"We're thrilled to have been selected for this fantastic
educational and cultural opportunity. Our students and teachers are
committed to broadening learning beyond our borders, and this
project enables us to open up a whole new world.
"I know the students will be counting down the days until they
can begin to talk with the Nakivale students and thank Australia
for UNHCR and Skype for giving them the chance to do so," said Dr
The Killara High School entry focused on a day in the life of
the students, which was presented in a highly engaging way.
The students posed questions ranging from religion and currency to
Facebook, displaying a genuine desire to learn more about the
Nakivale students and their lives.