Sixth Form were delighted to welcome Louise and Alia from Goal today who presented a workshop on the charity’s work in Syria and the migrant crisis associated with the war currently being waged there. The workshop was a follow on from Ruben Grace’s recent winning of the GOAL Write the Future creative writing competition which was a national competition and a great achievement for Ruben and the school. Ruben was presented with a beautiful statue to mark his achievement. Local community newspaper News Four were there to record the event with the clearly impressed journalist conducting an interview with Ruben.
After initial project work in groups in the classroom, Sixth Form then settled in to the computer room for a live Skype call from Syrian National Alia to her compatriot Mohammed who is currently helping GOAL in the border region between Turkey and Syria, having had to flee the conflict and leave his family behind. A clearly emotional Mohammed explained to the boys the pain of having to leave both his family and his Master’s studies in Chemical Engineering behind and the great hardships that ordinary Syrians have had to endure. It hopefully will leave a lasting impression on the boys. The pupils then presented their Powerpoint projects on Syria to the GOAL workers and at the end of the day expressed their sincere thanks to the GOAL representatives for an eye-opening workshop that will be very beneficial to the boys.