This lesson is based upon the UNHCR video "Working with Refugees," which provides students with insight into the reasons why people flee their homes and what UNHCR does to support these vulnerable people and help them rebuild their lives. Through this video, as well as the supplementary materials, students gain the opportunity to imagine the life of a refugee, his/her struggles, emotions, and triumphs, and to understand the role UNHCR plays in protecting and assisting refugees worldwide.
One 45-Minute Session
The learner will:
Allow time for students to respond personally to the information presented in the video. It is through their personal connection that they will feel motivated to take action to advocate for refugees.
Math: Analyze and interpret statistics about refugees http://www.unhcr.org/pages/49c3646c4d6.html
Social Studies: Look up maps and familiarize yourself with the geographic features of an area where refugees lived, their escape routes, and temporary settlements. See Bibliographical References. From the UNHCR site, http://www.unhcr.org/pages/49c3646c206.html, browse by country to view maps.
Language Arts: Read nonfiction or fiction books about refugees. Here is a list of recommended books: http://www.unrefugees.org/atf/cf/%7BD2F991C5-A4FB-4767-921F-A9452B12D742%7D/tc_ar_readinglist.pdf
The video ends on the topic of the importance of education. As an additional assignment to extend the discussion to a homework assignment and/or for an extra challenge, distribute to students some of the drawings, stories, and poems that are part of the Refugee Voices collection found under Additional Resources. Most of these touch upon the topic of education from the point-of-view of real refugee children. Students can then do one or both of the following:
Part I: Pay attention for the following elements throughout the entire video and jot down what you notice below.
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