Comic relief biscuit
March 25th, 2011

In the news…

One of the things we try to do at our various sessions is to engage young people in conversation about issues that are in the news. We believe this is really valuable for a number of reasons.

Many of the young people we work with have little experience of life outside of their immediate communities and as a consequence struggle to place themselves in relation to the wider world. Therefore discussing world events is an important part of broadening their horizons and encouraging them to consider issues outside of their own experience. Considering the circumstances of others helps them gain new perspective on their own.

We often hear young people saying that they arent interested in politics and it doesn’t affect them. Our conversations over the news provide the opportunity to raise their awareness of issues that do have an impact on the lives and circumstances of their families and communities. It also gives them the opportunity to reflect on their views and responses to those issues.

Decorating biscuits for Comic Relief provided a great opportunity last week to chat to some of our girls about the conditions that some young people their age have to live in, in other parts of the world. Some of them had seen a programme on the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya and were shocked to see a family of orphans living in a small, windowless, concrete room with raw sewage running across the floor, having to find ways to support themselves. The girls I (Fiona) was chatting to didn’t think this was fair and despite the distance between them, felt that they do have a responsibility to these people in some way. I now hope to work with these girls on ways we can turn this feeling into action.

Another small conversation that could potentially have a big impact!