Eight educational resources to better understand the refugee crisis

Written by Camille Roch, Human Rights Education Volunteer Blogger

The world refugee crisis has led civil society to mobilise, and initiatives calling for greater support to refugees have multiplied across countries. But at the same time, there have been increasing demands, especially from schools on how to work on this issue, asking how to discuss it with young people, or with students.

We have compiled a list of educational resources that explain the rights of refugees.

Teachers, educators, facilitators or anyone that wishes to learn more about refugees can use these materials produced by Amnesty International and other organisations.

Against All Odds 

Against All Odds is an educational online game that shows what it’s like to flee a country. As they play, gamers plunge into the world of a virtual character where they have to build a new life in a different country after they escape conflict. The teacher’s guide includes exercises and discussion topics.

- From The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Seeking Safety and Time to Flee

Seeking Safety features eight interactive activities to understand why people flee their country. Time to Flee uses fictional stories to address why people seek asylum and the difficulties they can face when they have to settle in a new country.

- From Amnesty UK

Over Under Sideways Down 

This comic book story depicts the journey of 15 year old Ebrahim as he embarks on a journey for a safer life. The comic strip images serve as an introduction for the discussion topics and activity ideas in the resource pack. 

Teachers and educators can also search through a set of interactive resources.

- From the British Red Cross

The Great Escape

This is a downloadable board game with challenge cards and info sheet - students become groups of refugees escaping to freedom. They are confronted with human rights dilemmas that they have to try to resolve by consensus.

- From Amnesty UK

Refugee Week

Using fiction to bring real stories to life, this movie analysis resource makes five films on the theme of migration the starting point of a discussion on refugees. The Refugee Week resource pack comprises discussions ideas, activities and questions for teachers.

Teachers and educators can also search through a set of interactive resources.

- From UK Refugee Week

Aids for Students 

These teaching materials help teachers to integrate the topic of refugees into different subjects of the curriculum. The modules supports students to develop an understanding of the asylum process within a human rights context.

- From The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

The Enemy, a Book about Peace 

Video: The Enemy, a book about Peace

“The enemy is there but I have never seen him. Every morning, I shoot at him. Then he shoots at me. We both stay hidden the rest of the day, waiting.” Davide Cali, 2009

This children’s book tells the story of two soldiers who keep fighting each other because the manual they received tells to do so. This tale can be used as a conversation starter to discuss the concept of “our enemy” and the importance of getting to know each other.

Teachers and educators can use a lesson plan with the book, available in English and in Hungarian

- From Amnesty Australia and Amnesty Hungary

Teaching about Refugees 

Based on field trips to Lebanon and Jordan, this set of six curriculum units and lesson plans for 11 to 13 year olds provide historical background and case studies on refugees. The units also show how creative activities such as music or video making with students can serve as a medium to raise awareness and communicate a message.

- From Georgetown University

Adapted for UK teachers from an original blog on our research HQ website by Camille Roch. 


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