Monthly Archives: June 2016

June 6, 2016

Galdhøpiggen with the Red Cross

June 6th, 2016|

The RCN representativesThis year a group of students and teachers from RCN again participated in the annual Til Topps event, organized by The Norwegian Red Cross. It was the 10th anniversary of this amazing hike to Galdhøpiggen that is, with its 2,469 meters elevation, the highest mountain in Norway and with that the highest mountain in Scandinavia and Northern Europe. Til Topps is the year’s most energetic multicultural integration event, supported by a phenomenal team of volunteers who ensured that the day ran smoothly and safely. Over 1500 people joined the event this year.

Six students and two staff members left the College early on the last day of term together with a group of refugees from the Fjaler Kommune to join the Sogn og Fjordane Red Cross delegation in Forde and, from there, Lom.

The evening before the hike, participants were treated to a culture evening with delicious food and exciting entertainment, including live performances by international bands.

The big day dawned, we packed up our rucksacks and were bussed to Juvasshytta, where we registered for the hike, received harnesses for the glacier crossing, and set off! The weather was spectacular, not even a single cloud in the blue Norwegian sky. The walk was challenging, even for hardy Norwegians, but as always, the thought of reaching the top and the encouraging words and smiles of other participants and the Red Cross organizers provided all the motivation we needed.

The view from the top was stunning and made up for all the efforts and the fatigue!

We are very grateful to the Sogn og Fjordane Red Cross for including us in their team, giving us the opportunity to have this extraordinary experience.

På Flukt (‘On the Run’)

June 6th, 2016|

Waking up

This weekend, the College in tandem with the Norwegian Red Cross ran the annual På Flukt (‘On the Run’) simulation for first year students. There had been much preparation in the build up to this event (marking the end of the first year RCN experience) including a Global Concerns Day on migration, a visit from Mina Moghadam earlier in the week (UWC AC alumna, Norwegian National Committee member and former political vice president of the Norwegian Red Cross Youth – and currently Children/Youth Care Coordinator at Mysebu Transittmottak), and many interactions with local mottaks.

Avis (RCN’s Red Cross Coordinator) and Andreas (the team leader from the Norwegian Red Cross) – with support from a selection of Red Cross Youth Volunteers and RCN Education Staff – put together a simulation which saw students imagining themselves migrating from Somalia to Norway. The weather was absolutely stunning over the weekend – clear blue skies and up to 30’c – which made for challenging conditions for the students as they tackled the 24 hour simulation.

På Flukt is an integral part of the RCN Red Cross Diploma and aims to encourage students to look through the lens of others. At the final session in the auditorium, an RCN student who had been a refugee was given the final word – he explained to all gathered that no simulation can possibly recreate the uncertainty that comes with being a refugee but that he appreciated that the Red Cross and the College ran an event which challenged students based here in Norway to develop their perspectives, compassion and understanding of the refugee situation in the world today.

A huge thank you to Avis and her team for the extraordinary amount of work that they put into preparing and delivering this for students.