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Integrating Refugee Issues into the Classroom
This page assists teachers to introduce refugee issues into the classroom and shows how they are linked to human rights. Various teaching tools available help to 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 sensitize children to the notions of difference, and the importance of welcoming the new people they meet. They also introduce the concept of fundamental needs and how they can be met.
CCU-UNHCR Student Poetry Contest on Refugees and Human Rights
News Stories, 21 March 2014
On this UNESCO World Poetry Day, UNHCR in Canada is proud to be partnering with the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCU) to launch a contest for students on the theme of "Refugees and Human Rights". The contest is open to students between grades 7 and grade 12, in schools across Canada, in French and English, until Friday April 25th 2014.
We hope this opportunity will showcase how youth can use art as both a form of expression and a way to engage important social themes.
The winners will be featured on the websites of the CCU and the UNHCR, and be featured for the World Refugee Day on June 20th 2014.
For more information, please see the following:
UNHCR offers a wealth of educational resources to help teachers, parents and students learn more about refugees:
Calalogue of Resources
This teacher’s guide contains basic facts, stories, and activity ideas to assist you in introducing the topic of refugees into your classroom, whether in social studies, history, geography or other lessons.
English Teacher's Guide
(PDF format, 102 KB)
French Teacher's Guide
(PDF format, 106 KB)
As you share information about refugees with your students and colleagues you may find that they want to get involved. The best way to help UNHCR help refugees is to consider organizing a fundraising event in your school.
Click here for fundraising ideas
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