Struggle for Survival at Crossroads (F5 English Activity) ‹ BACK
To many of us, poverty in third world countries may mean something far-fetched and remote. However, to our Form 5 students, it means something different after joining The Struggle for Survival Simulation Programme, hosted by Crossroads Foundation on 4 December 2019.

This simulation allowed our F.5 students to step into the shoes of those in poverty. Grouped into family units, they must eke out an existence by making paper bags out of newspaper and home-made glue. Each family must earn enough to pay for rent, food, sanitation, medical needs and, if they are fortunate, education for one of their family members. Those that cannot make it end up in the hands of a loan shark.

Though our students could not escape from the fate that awaited them - losing their shoes, watches, phones and more in order to feed their families, most agreed that the programme gave them food for thought and more importantly, empathy to those who suffer in poverty.

Here are what our students had to say about the programme:
~ It's quite thought-provoking and has inspired me to be more concerned about poverty.

~ The simulation programme was fun and helped me to have a better understanding of the lives of poor people.

~ I was shocked to find that many people in this world are so poor. I know more about them now. If I were free, I would like to be a volunteer to help them. I will donate money to them.

~ I realized that many people in this world have a hard life. Before this activity, I thought that they have a happy life, despite their poverty. After this activity, I can identify more with them. They work very hard, just for food and for a place for survival.

~ We shouldn’t take everything in our life for granted. We should always be grateful for what we get because we are much better than those in poverty. Furthermore, we should help them if we can.
  • Students need to make paper bags to make their living
  • Students are pleading for money
  • Students are receiving education from the charity