As part of our ‘Individuals can make a difference’ unit of work, the Year 2 & 3 students undertook the ALWS Challenge 3 Walk a while in my shoes. In Africa, the average distance a woman or child must walk to collect water is 6 kilometres. The students challenge was to walk 6 kilometres carrying an empty bucket.

Below are some of the reflections the students wrote after they had completed the challenge.

My class and I walked to Rippleside Park in Geelong. We carried a bucket just like the refugees that live around the world. It was 6.2kms. When we got back to school, I felt sad and sorry for the refugees that have to do this every day. I was also frustrated that not many people are trying to make a difference. We are trying to raise money for the refugees.


The Year 2 & 3 classes went on a walk to show us that kids overseas have to walk a long way to get water. I felt tired, hungry and very sad to think the kids in other countries have to walk so far to get water. I still can’t imagine how heavy and how hard it is to live over in refugee camps.


I think it must be hard to walk 6kms just to get water. On Tuesday we walked 6kms. It was tiring but that is how you understand how lucky we are to just go to a tap and get water. I felt tired after we had the 6km walk. My arms were tired, and my legs were tired. We did this 6km walk to feel how hard it would be to be a refugee.


We went for a walk to Rippleside Park. It took 3km to get there and 3km back. I felt tired because 6km is a long way. We also did this because we needed to find out what it was like for people in Africa or people who are poor to carry water that far. I feel empathy for them because I felt tired even with an empty bucket and I imagine what it would be like to do that every day and sometimes getting dirty water.


On Tuesday we walked 6km to raise money for ALWS. Now I understand what it feels like to be a refugee from Africa. I was tired when we got back to school but was happy that I did it for ALWS. Also, I think that it was worth getting sore legs and arms to learn what it would be like to get water every day.