We are currently facing the greatest refugee crisis since World War II. Millions are fleeing conflict and persecution around the world, creating the highest level of migration in eighty years. The global displacement of people is complex and difficult to bring into classroom learning and discussions. These lesson plans offer a gateway to understanding these topics through stories of youth refugees, photos, and videos; enabling students to make a tangible connection to what it is like to be a refugee. Using a human rights-based approach, the activities, developed by educators, offer ways to better understand the crisis and challenges cultural narratives and prevailing prejudice and stereotypes against the world’s refugee population. The activities encourage empathy and invite students to reflect on the commonalities they share with their peers who are refugees. Students are introduced to human rights defenders, and provided tools for creating change in their communities and beyond.
This unit was created in collaboration with Robert F. Kennedy's Speak Truth To Power, a human rights education program that strives to create a global citizenry dedicated to the highest standards of justice and equality.