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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.
UNHCR-CCU Student Poetry Contest on Refugees and Human Rights
News Stories, 10 June 2014
UNHCR and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCU) are pleased to announce the winners of the Refugees and Human Rights Poetry Contest. Students in Grade 7 to 12 from schools across Canada submitted entries of a great poetic quality in either English or French.
Le HCR et la Commission canadienne pour l’UNESCO (CCU) sont fiers d’annoncer les gagnants du concours de poésie « Les réfugiés et les droits de la personne ». Des élèves de la 7e à la 12e année des écoles à travers le Canada ont soumis des poèmes de grande qualité dans le cadre de ce concours.
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.
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