MoDDD students and staff travelled to Marysville, Victoria, on March 25th for shelter and settlement training. We were joined by Leeanne Marshall from Australian Red Cross, Emma Kettle, Tim Stat and Terry Lancashire from Redr and Brett Moore from UNHCR.
On March 26th students used IFRC shelter kits to build a shelter under the watchful guidance of Leeanne.
The afternoon of the 26th and the morning of the 27th was spent working on simulation exercises with Redr, focussing on urban renewal and camp planning. Students were also introduced to the Global Shelter Cluster by Brett Moore from UNHCR.
Returning to Melbourne on the afternoon of the 27th Wednesday the 28th was spent focussing on industry projects. Students gave presentations and received valuable feedback from an expert external panel that included Brett Moore, UNHCR, Linje Manyozo, RMIT School of Media and Communication, Tom Bamforth, IFRC, and Quentin Stevens, RMIT School of Architecture and Design.
The day’s events were followed by the MoDDD Annual Public Lecture titled “The Global Refugee Crisis”. For this event we welcomed Tim Costello, Chief Advocate of World Vision Australia, Paris Aristotle, CEO of the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture Inc., and Brett Moore, UNHRC Head of Shelter.