Ten year nine students from St Mary’s Campus participated in a research project partnership with Deakin University and Catholic Care. The project, called Adults and Kids Together (AKT) brought young African students and their peers together with elders in the community, to document their life story. Over a number of weeks, students travelled to Catholic Care in Werribee to record and document the life story of several African elders. The work culminated in a presentation to their classmates and teachers at St Mary’s Campus Hall on Monday 15 October. In sharing their reflections, students said that they had a greater appreciation of the culture of Sudan and of the trials and hardship that others face. It made them feel more grateful for the opportunities and education that they have available to them in Australia. They also noted how some of the elders had a lot of responsibility at a very young age and had experienced the trials of war which had led them to seek a new life for their families in Australia. The research hopes that making these connections assists the community in developing stronger links with young people, and for the young people to feel a sense of connection with their culture in a new country. Thanks are extended to the elders, Catholic Care, Deakin University, Mr Exton, Ms Rowles and the staff at St Mary’s Campus and everyone who was involved in this partnership.
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