Sefiani helped Sydney’s Killara High School make history on 21 September when it connected via Skype to students in a Ugandan refugee camp as part of Australia for UNHCR’s Here & There education project.
The Here & There program teamed Killara with the only secondary school at the Nakivale refugee settlement in Uganda (whose construction was funded by Australian donors).
Sefiani worked with Australia for UNHCR to develop the innovative concept and support it with media relations and stakeholder communications. SBS and the ABC both attended and reported on the event, saying they welcomed the initiative.
The aim of Here & There is to provide Australian children with a greater understanding of what it means to be a refugee while also providing the students in Uganda with the opportunity to talk face-to-face with other students in Australia using Skype technology. It is envisioned the program will be extended to other countries in 2012.
Debra O’Neill, Deputy Director of Australia for UNHCR, said: “The standard of entries we received from schools around Australia for the inaugural Here & There program was very high, but Killara High School’s was very strong from an educational and engagement point of view. We are delighted to have been able to offer them this world-first opportunity to really connect with refugee children in this way and hope that the students found this a stimulating and enjoyable experience,” said Ms O’Neill.