How to teach ... about refugeesThe number of people forced to flee their homes has now exceeded 50 million for the first time since the second world war. The issue is firmly in the international spotlight at the moment. In Europe, thousands of refugees from countries including Eritrea and Somalia put themselves in danger every day by attempting to cross the Mediterranean in over-crowded boats, while in Asia the plight of the Rohingya people, for example, has been widely covered. Refugee Week, which starts on Monday 15 June, celebrates the contribution refugees make to the UK. This week’s how to teach includes lots of ideas and resources to help you explain the current refugee crisis to your class.
Refugee Stories: Mapping a CrisisTeaching with the News Objectives Students will: Explore the human geography of the current refugee crisis.Employ data to create a map of the crisis.Examine one refugee’s story and use it to map his or her experiences.Consider challenges facing the international community and weigh responses to the crisis. Resources
How to talk to your kids about the refugee crisisIt’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the horrible scenes in Syria, neighbouring countries and Europe right now. Sometimes children don’t have ways of understanding what they see, and can be particularly vulnerable to feelings of anxiety, stress and sadness. But having an open, supportive discussion with your kids can help them understand, cope and even make a positive contribution. Here are seven important things to keep in mind. 1. Ask open questions and listen