One of the topics we cover in Geography in Senior 2 is Migration. Human Migration is not only a current issue in the world at the moment, but also one which we experience first-hand as an island in the Mediterranean Sea. The central Mediterranean migration route is the deadliest one, claiming thousands of lives every year, yet despite this, the flow of migrants has not stopped. Between January and September 2018, more than 82,000 people mostly from African countries crossed the Mediterranean on rickety boats fleeing war, destitution, famine and horrific abuse in lawless countries, trying to carve out a new life for themselves and their families. Over 1,700 people drowned in their attempt to reach a safe new home. The war in Syria, now entering its eighth year has also displaced 11 million people. This is happening on our doorstep…
The Senior 2 girls were indignant when they learnt about all that is going on, and they were adamant to do something about it. In the last few days of term, despite their busy schedule, as they rehearsed for the Prize Day performance, they also launched and ran the Women2Women initiative. Within a few days, giving up their break-time for this cause, they raised EUR250 for women in detention centres in Malta, who suffer embarrassment and humiliation as they are made to grovel for sanitary products from male guards. Our donation was then presented to Dr Katrine Camilleri, Director of the Jesuit Refugee Services, whose office provided the women with sanitary packs, as a Christmas gift from the St Joseph School students.
I wish to honour and thank the Senior 2 girls for truly living out the spirit of Christmas through this initiative, for the enthusiasm and responsibility they showed in carrying it out with minimal supervision, and for the empathy and compassion they feel for those around us who are in need. Well done girls, I’m so proud of you!
Ms Mireille Pace Ross