TOUGH TREK: Rockhampton Grammar School students carrying water at school for the ‘In their Shoes’ program gain an understanding of the lives of people living in poverty in other countries.
TOUGH TREK: Rockhampton Grammar School students carrying water at school for the ‘In their Shoes’ program gain an understanding of the lives of people living in poverty in other countries. Sharyn Oneill Rokswater

Students step into poors' shoes

CARRYING four litres of water each, Year 7 Rockhampton Grammar School students were holding only one-fifth of what children in disadvantaged countries often do.

As they walked from the Botanic Gardens back to their school on Friday morning, the students realised what it must be like having to repeat the ordeal every day.

And that was exactly primary school teacher Wendy Goldston’s plan. She designed the one-week unit called ‘In their Shoes’, with the ‘Walks with Water’ exercise, one of many activities the students will be involved with this week.

The unit covers issues like famine, child soldiers and poverty.

Ms Goldston said students were compassionate for the plight of the those involved and it had made them appreciate what they had.

Some of their comments included: “I’ve trudged in the shoes of others and what an experience it has been”.

“Even though I’ve carried one-fifth of what they do every day, I can still grasp the infinite consequences they face.

“Water may be heavy, but not in comparison to the weight of poverty,” another student added.

As part of the unit they will go a day without food to raise money for two African children’s sponsorships.



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