Film clip - It's not about helping
Watch the following clip and discuss:
You come here, not so much as to do service for this very poor who need it, but to learn how to make this world a better place.
- How did Sr Len's comments challenge you?
- How does the student immersion program help host and visiting students and teachers to learn more from each other?
- How does your student immersion program emphasise how both host and visiting communities can work together to build a better world?
- What might change the way you think?
- Why is it not about helping? Do you have any examples of when helping may be detrimental rather than positive?
- How can your immersion build a sense of collaborative participation in making a just and fair world, rather than a ‘hero-saviour’ dynamic?
- How can you make the intent of your immersion clearer and avoid perpetuating unhelpful understandings?
Sister Len puts this question to all of us: "How can you do your part? In your way? In your world? Not for them? How do you do that for yourself so that your little acts, in your part of the world won't affect so much that it makes our part of the world suffer?"
Discuss what this means to you.
This challenge suggests a holistic approach to justice in your school. Considering our actions in Australia informs the process of facilitating a student immersion program, encompassing life beyond the visit and highlighting how faith and justice need to permeate all facets of life.
For example, you could consider Fairtrade or ethical products in your school such as coffee, tea and other items. You could consider your environmental impact in areas of school life and make changes to increase your positive impact in this area.