How to Talk About Refugees with Children
Children hear and see a lot in the news, more than we sometimes want. In today’s news, the word “refugees” is being used more than ever — 12 million children are refugees today, more than any time in recent history.
And that has children asking the question, “What is a refugee?”
It’s not an easy topic to discuss for many adults, but as teachers, it can be even trickier. Our newest Kid Power Up can help break it down for you in a way that your students can understand.
Learning About Refugees From Other Kids
Who better to explain “refugees” to kids than other kids? In our new Kid Power Up, UNICEF ambassadors Timmy and Gabby dive into the subject in real terms that makes it easier for students to digest. In just 5 minutes, students get a real-world understanding of what it means to be a refugee and how it is impacting other kids.
How do Timmy and Gabby do this?
They interview 11-year-old Basel, a refugee from Syria, who is now living in Canada. Asking the common questions that kids ask, the kid interviewers talk candidly to Basel and ultimately reach a heart-warming conclusion.
Ideal for Class or Partner Discussion
If you have 15-20 minutes to discuss as a classroom, this is a great ice-breaker to help students learn about refugees and then talk openly about it with classmates. Maybe some of these students know a refugee or are even refugees themselves. If so, this helps encourage students to share their stories and learn more others.
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