Refugees in Today's Society
Students identify the differences between refugees and other migrants, and the challenges refugees face in their daily lives. Analyzing The Universal Declaration of Human Rights offers the opportunity to explore concepts of enlighened self-interest and the common good. By using the Model United Nations format, they create plans that could potentially help refugees.
In this lesson learners define and discuss terms related to refugees and the common good. They explore the refugee experience and recognize some of the causes and effects of being a refugee. Analyzing The Universal Declaration of Human Rights gives learners the opportunity to explore basic human rights and the concepts of enlighened self-interest and the common good.
The learners will view a video and pictures to understand the plight of refugees. They will compare and contrast their own lives with those of refugee children. They will define the words philanthropy and empathy and brainstorm ideas for acting philanthropically to addess the issues faced by refugees or others in need.
Students research and report on a country from which refugees originate or countries that provided sanctuary for refugees in a time of crisis. The report may be used as advocacy to raise awareness and support for refugees. Students may design and carry out a service project that addresses the needs of refugees.