Developing Empathy and Understanding

3 Nov

Refugees and asylum seekers are big topics of conversation in Australian politics and media.  Often, the tendency is to discuss refugees and asylum seekers as economic or social issues.  In doing so, human empathy is often forgotten.

My experience is that, in class rooms, this lack of empathy is often similarly absent.  While it is not my role or intention to reshape students’ political beliefs, a lack of empathy can make it difficult for students to meaningfully engage with texts studied.  In order to help them develop an ability to relate to events in texts set for study, I want my students to participate in ‘Asylum Exit Australia‘ which simulates the decisions and experiences associated with needing to flee one’s country.

This activity would also work well as an introduction to AOS Discovery for senior students.

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