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Refugee Week 2012

Different pasts, shared future is the theme of this year's Refugee Week, 18 to 22 June 2012. To help you plan activities with the young people you work with, select from this collection of activities exploring the issue of refugees and migration from a humanitarian perspective.


This 15-minute assembly will help young people reflect on what it is like to be a refugee arriving in a new country, and increase their understanding of what it means to be a refugee. It is suitable for secondary-aged children.

Simply download the powerpoint and follow the script. The options within the script will help you vary the interactivity of the assembly according to the size of your group and how much space you have.

Download the assembly plan, including script.

Download the assembly powerpoint.

Lesson plan

Suitable for secondary and upper primary, this 55-minute lesson plan looks at the reasons people migrate and introduces students to terms including refugee, migration, persecution and asylum.

The lesson plan comes with a powerpoint, two short films and a collection of worksheets.

Download the lesson plan and worksheets.

Download the powerpoint.

Watch the two films included in the lesson plan below:


More refugee activities

Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret giving a radio broadcast

Refugees: primary activities

Princess Elizabeth sympathises with evacuees during World War II and praises the kindness of strangers. Use this radio broadcast to explore what pupils know and think about refugees.

Woman talking to a teacher in an English class

Refugee welcome

Learn words of welcome in a refugee or migrant's mother tongue. A local action project researching and speaking a few foreign phrases.


Refugee welcome

Woman talking to a teacher in an English class

Classroom activities based around learning words of welcome in a refugee's mother tongue.

Try this quick activity >