Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) developed this teacher resource to support school visits to the Forced From Home exhibition that started its North America tour in 2016. The toolkit brings to light the daily challenges faced by the millions of people displaced around the world, and can be used in the classroom without visiting the exhibition.
"In this unit developed for CGC1D (Geography of Canada, Grade 9 Academic), students will investigate the role immigration has played in developing our society and whether increased immigration in the future is a solution to Canada’s declining birth rate and work force. Both the benefits and concerns regarding immigration will be explored. Students will be able to draw their own conclusions as to whether increased immigration will secure Canada’s future."
"This is an integrated, stand-alone unit developed for ESLCO (English as a Second Language, Level 3). It incorporates reading, researching, information gathering, summarizing, writing and speaking activities for ESL students at the intermediate level. Students will explore, in groups and as a whole class their own experiences and case studies of discrimination and racism in school, the workplace and the community. Students will practice researching and information gathering skills in a guided internet project about the rights and protections for new immigrants under Canadian law. Students will also research actual cases of racism and discrimination in the news and suggest possible ways of preventing or resolving the conflicts. The unit will culminate with a short opinion essay on the degree of racism they believe exists in their schools, communities or Canada as a whole. Students will be asked to support their opinions with examples and illustrations from their experiences and readings in the unit.
Students will realize from talking with one another and from their research and the case studies that discrimination and racism does still exist in Canada. However, they will also learn from their research that there are many protections for the rights of new immigrants under Canadian law. They will also explore ways to prevent or resolve instances of discrimination. They will have an opportunity to practice their reading, researching, writing, speaking, listening and group work skills."
On 15 March 2014 it will be three years since the conflict in Syria began. 9.3 million Syrian citizens now require humanitarian support - that's almost half the total population. More than 2.25 million Syrians have fled to neighbouring countries as refugees and more than 100,000 have died as a result of the conflict.
Oxfam's youth leadership resources outline how young people in the UK can take action to make sure that Syria's children, who make up half of refugees, are Seen and Heard. The project involves peer teaching, organising a postcard petition and meeting their MP.
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