The Syrian Refugee Project
One of the most defining moments of my teaching career happened on the very last day of school, last year in December 2014. I had fallen in love and was inspired by the work volunteers and humanitarians and been doing at Camp Zaartari. I had watched a news story on Andrew Harper and followed up information about the Syria Refugees travelling into Jordan. What I found was so much more than, I found art work like nothing I had ever seen. It was detailed, colourful and read a message of life. I found the work of Joel Bergner.
Instantly, I went about finding a way to use his work in my classroom. This was easy. The students took one look and were just as mesmerised as I was. As an advocate for globalising classrooms with rich resources from around the world, the class set me task. Could I find a way for them to speak to Joel, to ask him questions, to tell him how much we loved his work. I sent an email. AND I received a response. He offered us his time to Skype.
So on, December 19th, 2014 we met Joel and his Mum and his Dad. The discussion was simply amazing. The class asked questions, his parents shared stories of his artist journey and he told us about Zaartari. I don’t think I could ever thank Joel enough for giving us his time, he change my life and raised hope and awareness amongst my students about life outside of our classroom.
I continue to follow Joel and watch his work at Camp Zaartari. I am inspired by his passion to help others.
3/4J I would like to share with you the work Joel has done this year when he visited Camp Zaartari. I hope you are as inspired as I am of his work. Be sure to share what you know about Joel’s art work with your parents and friends.
Read his blog post about the project and his visit to Camp Zaartari in 2015 http://joelartista.com/blog-2/
1. Look at these pictures, refer back to the blog post from the link above and tell me what some of these pictures mean.
2. What do you think is so amazing about Joel’s work?