Calling all schools!

Challenge your students to take the Ration Challenge
and show refugees we’re with them, not against them.

What it’s all about

Challenge your students to eat the same rations as a Syrian refugee during Refugee Week (17-24 June) – just a small amount of rice, flour, lentils, chick peas, beans, fish and oil – and get sponsored to do it.

By putting themselves in the shoes of a refugee, they’ll learn about global issues, develop empathy for others and feel empowered to make a difference in the world. The money they raise will provide food, medicine and education for refugees; and support other communities around the world threatened by conflict and disaster.

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What's involved?

During Refugee Week (17-24 June), your students will be eating the same rations as a Syrian refugee living in a camp in Jordan (5 days for senior students and 3 days for junior students). That means just a small amount of rice, flour, lentils, chick peas, beans, fish and oil.

At the same time, they’ll be asking their friends and family to sponsor them to raise as much money as possible for refugees and other vulnerable communities.

Once you have confirmed your interest, we’ll send you all the information you need to take part as a team or school. Designed by teachers, for teachers – we’ll give you access to curriculum-based resources and provide you with the tools you need to engage your students and school community. Your students will receive their own food ration pack and a guide on how to take part. We’ll also put you in touch with our Schools Coordinator to answer your questions and support you and your students before and during the Challenge.

How to take part

Follow these steps to get your students involved in the Challenge:

1. Register your interest – by filling in this form, to let us know you’re interested in taking part and we’ll send you all the information you need and the educational resources available. We’ll introduce you to your own Schools Coordinator to answer any questions you have.

2. Sign up your students – once you’ve got all the information you need and shared it within your school, you’ll be able to sign up students who wish to take part (parental permission forms provided). We’ll set each of them up with their own fundraising page and student resources and when they start fundraising they’ll earn their food ration pack.

(Note: Students must get their first donation before 28 May to receive a food pack).

3. Learn and take action – by putting themselves in the shoes of a refugee, your students will learn about global issues, develop empathy for others and feel empowered to make a difference in the world. The money they raise will provide food, medicine and education for refugees, and support other communities around the world threatened by conflict and disaster.

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The Challenge

We’ve designed the Ration Challenge to reflect, as closely as we can, what it’s like to eat rations as a Syrian refugee in Jordan. Your students will be able to eat the food rations in their ration box (we’ll send this to all students who have a donation on their page), plus additional rice and flour from two food ‘coupons’ that come in the pack (representative of the coupons many refugees are given by the UN or other organisations that can be exchanged in local shops for essential staple foods). Students can also win extra food rewards to add to their rations by working hard on their fundraising.

  • Teachers – you’ll be sent a Schools Resource pack with all the information you need to take part, promotional material for the school as well as a food ration pack to show to students who may want to take part. You can choose whether you want to take the Challenge yourself. Either way, your main job is to guide your students in their Challenge and pass on all the resources they need to take part.
  • Senior high school students – we recommend that high school students in senior years (aged 16-18) take on the Challenge for 5 days.
  • Junior high school students – we recommend that high school students in junior years (aged 11-15) take on the Challenge for 3 days.

For all students who receive a donation on their page, we’ll send a food ration pack and Ration Challenge guide directly to the school one week before the Challenge begins. Their ration pack will contain the exact same rations as a refugee living in a camp in Jordan, as well as a student toolkit with important info and tips for taking part.

Where the money goes

The money your students and school raise will provide food, medicine and education for Syrian refugees; and will be supporting other vulnerable communities threatened by conflict and natural disaster.

You’ll especially be providing vital support for children who, during times of conflict, are often the worst affected. You’ll be helping Syrian refugees return to school by providing school kits and supporting the provision of informal classes. And you’ll be providing psychosocial support programs so children can recover from the trauma of war and start to build a safe, just and dignified future.

Key questions answered

Don’t want to eat rations? There are plenty of other ways to take part!

If you’re not so keen for your students to eat rations, there are heaps of other ways to take part, including learning about refugees in your school and raising awareness or alternatively holding a Refugee Week event. Fill in the registration form and we can support you in whatever way you wish to take part.

Our school is busy 17-24 June. Can we do the Ration Challenge at a different time?

Yes! You can do the Challenge whenever you choose. In Refugee Week you will be joining others all around Australia taking part at the same time, but we encourage you to do it any time that may suit.

Can I sign up my school if I’m a student?

Unfortunately not – if you are a student and want to take part, please download this information sheet and take it to your teacher or an adult who will be able to sign up your school or class.

More questions? Get in touch! info@actforpeace.org.au or call 1800 025 101