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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.
April 8 to May 3, 2013 OTTAWA DEADLINE EXTENDED TO May 17
Topic: Refugees and Human Rights
Eligibility: Grades 9 and 10
Fees: Free to enter
Download OTTAWA contest flyer (English - PDF, 124 KB)
Download OTTAWA contest flyer (French - PDF, 131 KB)
Download OTTAWA contest entry form (English - PDF, 241 KB)
Download OTTAWA contest entry form (French - PDF, 250 KB)
Download TORONTO contest flyer (English - PDF, 222 KB)
Download TORONTO contest entry form (English - PDF, 208 KB)
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)
Our Facilitator's manual has been designed to help students speak about refugees with their peers. If you are interested in public speaking in order to share the stories of refugees with Canadians at your church, school, or social group, please download a free copy ...
English Facilitator's Manual
(PDF format, 525 KB)
French Facilitator's Manual
(PDF format, 525 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 or contact us for more information.
You can also visit www.ninemillion.org to support a program we have developed with Nike and Microsoft to provide refugee children with access to education. Of course, we encourage you to tell others about the resources and information you have found on this site.
Join in World Refugee Day
Donors make all the difference to UNHCR and the refugees we work to protect. Voluntary contributions from governments, individuals, corporations and humanitarian community groups make up 97% of our total budget, and the funds directly assist more than 19 million refugees.
WithYou is UNHCR's semi-annual newsletter that highlights the work UNHCR has performed for refugees around the world, as well as in-depth interviews with field workers who make it all happen. WithYou is now available in PDF download or Online format.