Refugees: Finding a Place
What factors contribute to people fleeing their home and becoming refugees? How does the plight of refugees affect all global citizens? What is our responsibility to address the issue of refugees?
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Children make connections between themselves and refugees. They learn what it means to be a refugee and empathize with refugees who are in various situations. Children develop a personal understanding of what they can do to help.
Participants learn what it is like to be a refugee through pictures, video, and stories. They build empathy and do an activity that simulates choices refugees must make.
Participants will view a video about a girl named Carly who is a refugee forced to leave her home. They will discuss the problems Carly faces in her journey to find a safe place to live, draw inferences as to why Carly had to flee from her home, discuss in what ways the groups Carly met showed a lack of acceptance, and recall how Carly was treated by the groups she met while searching for safety.
The participants will distinguish the difference between wants and needs and learn that many times refugees are without basic needs. They respond to a story about a refugee camp, “Four Feet, Two Sandals” and come to a consensus on a service project to benefit refugees or others in need, and plan and implement a youth-driven service project.