A taste of hard life

Lytham High School pupils experience a day in the life of an asylum seeker on the refugee bus.
Lytham High School pupils experience a day in the life of an asylum seeker on the refugee bus.
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LYTHAM students sampled a day in the life of an asylum seeker during a global citizenship day.

Year 7 students, at Lytham St Annes Technology and Performing Arts College explored issues such as diversity, identity, human rights, community cohesion, refugees and immigration.

Five different workshops were each linked to the theme of the day. A vehicle allowed students to walk through a multimedia simulation and experience typical events in the life of a refugee.

Faiza Member, a humanities and religious studies teacher, said: “Students thoroughly enjoyed their day and were left with lots to think about.

“They were mature, empathetic and reflective throughout the day.”

Other workshops included building an emergency shelter using only sticks and string.

Pupil Kaylem East said: “We were able to speak to a real refugee from Malawi and it made us think how lucky we are in our own lives.”