Child soldier visits students

Bini Araia of the North of England Refugee Service pictured with students at St Bedes Comprehensive school, Peterlee.
Bini Araia of the North of England Refugee Service pictured with students at St Bedes Comprehensive school, Peterlee.

STUDENTS got an insight into life at war as they welcomed a former child soldier and refugee into school.

The youngsters at St Bede’s Catholic Comprehensive School, in Peterlee, enjoyed the unique opportunity to speak to Bini Araia, an Eritrean who spent his childhood as a soldier before fleeing the country.

Bini was invited into the school in Westway, in Peterlee, to help the students with their citizenship programme and a recent Geography study on conflict.

Paul Dickson, assistant headteacher at the school, said: “We were delighted to welcome Bini into the school, he was excellent.

“It gave students the chance to explore how conflict occurs around the world and to look at how conflict can be avoided or resolved.”

Students also worked on a display to mark the annual Red Hand Day which took place earlier this month.

They joined millions of people around the world who took part in an activity to help draw attention to the fate of child soldiers.

Mr Dickson added: “At St Bede’s we place great emphasis on nurturing young people who can show compassion with other people around the world and in their immediate community.

“The work we do helps to make students aware of the world in which they live and, most importantly, empower them to participate in shaping a better future.”