by Divya Badri
I live in Europe and when a detention centre opened in my neighborhood, it caused a strong debate on the potential impact of the presence of refugees on the local community. When I was at Davos, there was a simulation called A Day in the Life of a Refugee. Remembering this debate, I was curious and enquired more and was invited by David J. Begbie of Crossroads to participate along with my crew.
There is a saying that goes “One doesn’t have to operate with great malice to do great harm. The absence of empathy and understanding are sufficient.”
So, keeping that spirit in mind, Daniel and I went in, me as a participant and Daniel with the camera. We were told that there is no one narrative for refugees as each person’s story is different and that this simulation was developed by refugees, internally displaced people (IDP) and aid workers. That they are doing this for people not for politics.
I got ready to participate. Each of us participants were given a costume to put on, an id for the simulation and some play money. Daniel got ready with his camera.
For the following forty minutes, I was ‘in the shoes’ of a woman, who has been forced to leave from home by war, and looking for her father. For those like the real-life me, whom life has treated kindly, this was an intensive experience. I did not know who the others next to me were. I felt helpless, disempowered, sad to feel that home is no longer safe. We were briefed that if it was “too much” we could leave anytime but were also gently reminded that real refugees cannot walk away from such situations.
At the end of the simulation, was a debriefing. We discussed our feelings. For some, there was an immediate sense of camaraderie and for others, it was each man for himself. Then real refugees addressed us. I felt they spoke lot more openly to us than I have ever personally experienced. The fact that we just experienced the virtual environment they have been through in real life, made their words more relatable. It was only then, that David Begbie informed us that the Chairman of the board of directors of Nestle was amongst us all the while as a “fellow refugee”. I had not even attempted to figure out who was who during the simulation. Networking was the last thing on my mind at that time. For those forty minutes, we were all just humans in a similar deplorable situation. Forcefully moved around, vulnerable, helpless and seeking refuge.
My mission at Swiss Learning Exchange is to help people cope with the fast-changing world around us.
While other sessions discussed the issue of rising nationalism, this simulation had a direct impact that evoked empathy in us for the refugee crisis. I got a chance to speak to a fellow participant, Kayla, on camera soon after the simulation.
I hope this simulation comes to more and more places and reaches more people, everywhere. We need more awareness and empathy.
The Refugee Run is hosted by the Crossroads Foundation and is a simulation designed with refugees, internally displaced persons and NGOs. After the simulation, refugees, field workers and others will discuss the options for engagement with participants. It is an example of experiential learning. For the past forty years, the World Economic Forum is best known for its Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters. Since 2003, its Open Forum convenes in January at the local Swiss Alpine School in the heart of Davos. They want to encourage dialogue and spread awareness on critical issues to the global economy . It is an open-debate format that is publicly accessible to local audiences in Switzerland and to global audiences via their website. Mr. Paul Bulcke is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Nestlé S.A since 2017 and instrumental in bringing The Refugee Run to Davos. Ms. Kayla M. Sanders is founder-CEO of Remy. #WithRefugees #compassion #empathy #slxlearning #DavosMoments
Date: 4 December 2018
Venue: Halle Bleue , bluefactory, Fribourg
Time: 5pm- 7pm
Costs: Free, compulsory registration
If you are a professional in business development, do you know which sectors of the Indian economy are most promising for Swiss SME’s and Multinationals? What are the greatest challenges for Swiss companies looking to enter the Indian market?Are Swiss companies in Western Switzerland and in particular in Fribourg ready for these opportunities?
Or if you are a student, are you updated on the current trends and best practices happening in India? When you think of India, would you like to work in a young and enthusiastic team based in India? Do you want to improve your knowledge in the field of your choice? Do you want to progress in one or more foreign languages? Do you dream of travelling to many cities in and around India?
If you don’t know India, join the SLX India Bootcamp- a study trip with a difference. If you are hesitating, here are 3 surprising little things to learn about this country. (For the study trip, fluency in oral/written English is strongly recommended.) More info is available during our info-evening on December 4th at blueFACTORY. Participation at this information evening is free, but registration is compulsory:
Venue : Halle Bleue , Salle Fribourg, blueFACTORY, Passage du Cardinal, Fribourg
17:00 – 17:45 Welcome note and industry insights by: Mr. Satyadeep Rajan, President, Swiss Learning Exchange SLX
17:45 – 18:15 – Interactive discussions with audience, Q&A
18:30 – Apéro
Registration: Please register before 15 November 2018. This event is free but registration is compulsory.
2018 est l’année que Landwehr Fribourg est en Inde 🇮🇳 et Fête de l’Inde se déroule en Suisse 🇨🇭. 1948-2018 signifie 70 années de l’amitié Indo-Suisse. Dans le photo, M. Georges Godel, Conseiller d’Etat de Fribourg et Mme. et M. George , l’Ambassadeur indien en Suisse allument la lampe indienne pour l’inauguration de ce fête à Berne.
Un concert suisse par Landwehr Fribourg se déroule à Jaipur en Inde et un concert indien par Pandit Rajendra Kumar Gangani et Lokrang groupe se déroule à Genève, Berne, Fribourg, Zurich, Lugano et Brugg en Suisse. C’est l’amitié à deux sens!
La technologie et le monde d’aujourd’hui créent des transformations rapides et complexes. La vision de Swiss Learning Exchange est d’aider les communautés à s’adapter à ce changement rapide de manière durable. Pour tout savoir sur nous, suivez-nous sur nos pages Linked In et Facebook! Vous y trouverez nos prochains événements ainsi que toute l’activité sur l’échange et la culture ! ↔️
Voici notre vidéo avec quelques impressions et quelques images du Festival of India, qui s’est déroulé en Suisse entre Septembre et Octobre 2018
Suivez nous sur Facebook. Notre communauté Swiss India Friendship grandit vite!
#bilateral #friendship #culture #échange #slxlearning
SLX is proud to announce its partnership with University of St. Gallen. Satyadeep Rajan will be part of the opening panel at the Asia Days 2017 organized by them on April 25-26 2017 where the topic this year is:
Registration : Please contact one of the following persons on or before 25 November 2016 if you wish to attend this event. There are only a limited number of places left.
Mme. Rahmati Mishra
Tel: 031 350 1134
Mrs. Usha Meyers
Tel: 031 350 11 30 (direct)