“Dear President Obama”, Alex’s letter began, “Remember the boy who was picked up by the ambulance in Syria? Can you please go get him and bring him to our home.”

Watch this short clip of one six-year-old boy who wanted to do his part to help a refugee in need.

“These are the words of a six-year old-boy,” Obama reads, “who hasn’t learned to be cynical, or suspicious or fearful of other people.”

Alex teaches us a lot.

About humanity. About how we should welcome refugees and value them for their skills, culture and language.

If, as adults, we doubt the impact that children – like Alex – can have, we are doing them a disservice.

Perhaps we need to listen more to their ideas about what can be done to help others. Ideas some may dismiss as unachievable, or as innocent idealism.

Alternatively, we can choose to embrace them as representing “hope”.

Suggestions for follow ups

Show your child this video. As a result, you will have a conversation from a child’s point of view about refugees and discuss the issues and hopes.

Encourage letter writing for impact. Encourage your child to write a letter to create change. Who would they write to? What would they like to change? I regularly teach my students this at school. The children often get replies and it teaches them – apart from anything else – that they can write to anyone about anything.

Support the emergency appeal for Syrian Children

(Thank you to Danny, my colleague, for forwarding me this story.)

 

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