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 (16-23 June) – just a small amount of rice, flour, lentils, chickpeas, 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.

Want to learn more?

Email the Ration Challenge Schools Coordinator Hope Capurro at hcapurro@actforpeace.org.au or call 1800 025 101.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE TOGETHER!

In the last four years more than 40,000 people have taken the Ration Challenge, raising an amazing $10 million – enough to feed over 37,000 refugees for an entire year! For the second year running, we are asking students, teachers and the whole school community to get involved.

When you register, we’ll create your team their own fundraising page and give you access to the Ration Challenge schools’ hub – packed with educational resources, fundraising tips and everything you need to know to take part. We’ll also send your school food ration packs for everyone taking part. Every step of the way, we’ll be here to support you – before, during and after the Challenge.

Want to learn more about the resources provided? Check out the ‘For teachers’ and ‘For parents’ section of this site.

How to take part

1. Register your school team – we’ll create a fundraising page for your team and give you access to the Ration Challenge schools’ hub where you can access educational resources and tips to help you fundraise. We’ll also send you a school resource pack, including a food ration pack to show your students.

2. Sign up your students – sign up students (and other team members) by submitting their names on your Ration Challenge schools’ hub once they have parental permission. We’ll set each of them up with their own fundraising page.

3. Fundraise to make a difference – support students to raise funds to provide food, medicine and education for refugees. All students who have received their first donation by 5 June will get their own food ration pack sent to the school (those who haven’t can still take part but will need to supply their own ingredients).

4. Learn and take action – by putting themselves in the shoes of a refugee, your students will develop empathy for others and learn more about the refugee struggle. You’ll have the opportunity to teach them about global issues and make them feel empowered to make a difference in the world.

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 pack, plus additional rice and flour from two food ‘coupons’ that they source at home. They can also earn extra food rewards to add to their rations by working hard on their fundraising.

  • Teachers – as the team leader your main role is to support your students. You can choose to take the Ration Challenge too if you’d like.
  • 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.

Please note: All students who receive a donation on their individual page by 5 June, will be sent a food ration pack to their school one week before the Challenge begins. Students who have not yet started fundraising by 5 June can still take part but will need to supply their own food.

Where the money goes

The money your school raises by taking on the Act for Peace Ration Challenge will help support Syrian refugees living in camps in Jordan, having fled 8 years of conflict and violence in their own country.

You’ll be providing food ration packs to the most vulnerable – the same food your students will be eating during the Challenge; helping give refugees access to life-saving specialist care; and ensuring kids can go to school. You’ll especially be supporting children who, during times of conflict, are often the worst affected.

We’ll also use the funds to help tackle injustice around the world through Act for Peace’s emergency response, long-term development and advocacy programs.

You can learn more about where the money goes here.

Key questions answered

What resources are available?

Designed by teachers, for teachers, we have a range of refugee-themed resources available including curriculum-based resources for English, Geography and Religious Studies. We’re very open to feedback or requests for further material. You can access these once you sign up your school.

What is the nutritional value of the food rations?

The calorie content of the food eaten during the Challenge does not meet Nutrition Australia’s recommendations for a balanced diet. Please seek medical advice before allowing your child to take part or if you have any concerns regarding their health and safety.

The full Ration Challenge nutritional information can be downloaded here.

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

Unfortunately not – if you are a student and wanting to take part, please speak to your teacher or an adult who will be able to sign up your school or class.

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