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Integrating refugee issues into the classroom allows teachers to introduce concepts of diversity, respect, understanding and tolerance.

Our teaching tools and resources help illustrate the difficulties refugees face from the moment they flee their homes to the time they are settled and have adapted to a new country. They also bring awareness to the notion of difference and the importance of welcoming new people. Teaching children about the plight of others empowers them to become global citizens and contribute to a brighter future for all.

Classroom Resources

Do you know what it is like to be a refugee? Find out by playing our online game “Against All Odds.” As you play, you will be guided through a series of short challenges that show the danger and difficulty of the refugee experience.

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Additional resources for teachers to incorporate refugee awareness activities into their curriculum can be found here.

Refugees and Human Rights Poetry Contest

The Refugees and Human Rights Poetry Contest is an annual competition organized in celebration with World Refugee Day on 20 June and is open to students across Canada. The Refugees and Human Rights Poetry Contest promotes creative writing while also providing students with the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts on refugee and human rights issues, such as fleeing from violence and persecution, seeking refuge from war, the pain and isolation of a refugee’s life, cultural/religious difference and co-existence, the importance of welcoming refugees, the challenges of adapting to life in a new country, the need for being welcomed and for tolerance in our society.

The  United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO) and COSTI Immigrant Services invite students across Canada to take part in the annual “Refugee and Human Right”  student poetry contest. The contest is open to students from Grades 4 to 12 and provides them with the opportunity to express their feelings and opinions—in either national language, English or French— on the theme of refugee and human rights issues.

2016 Contest is now closed. 

Queries can be sent to poesie@unhcr.org.

Contest Brochure         Contest Information Package

2016 Poetry Contest Winners

2015 Poetry Contest Winners