This year, as part of our ‘schools of sanctuary’ bid and advocacy work, all our schools are being given access to the Journey to Sanctuary exhibition run by Lee House.
The interactive, experiential installation is set up in your school hall and remains there for the whole week. Staff retrained to use the exhibit and as many children, staff and visitors are encouraged to go through the exhibition as possible.
What do they experience? They are guided, via headsets, through the journey of an asylum seeker – refugee. Based on a true story, visitors to the exhibition walk the journey of a woman who is forced to flee her country due to war and who arrives in the UK, passes though the hostile environment of an asylum seeker and detention and who eventually gets ‘leave to remain’. The tangible process allows both children and adults alike to really appreciate the steps in the traumatic journeys being undertaken all over the world by those fleeing persecution and war.
Pupils from Runnymede and St Edward’s College were the first to go though the exhibition which is touring the English Edmund Rice schools this term.
O God, we thank you for the life of Edmund Rice.
He opened his heart to Christ present in those oppressed by poverty and injustice.
May we follow his example of faith and generosity.
Grant us the courage and compassion of Edmund as we seek to live lives of love and service.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.