Fleeing violence in Myanmar

Reflect on the crisis in Myanmar by looking at a photo of people who have fled the violence there.

A group of Rohingya people arrive by boats in the safety of darkness on 26 September 2017 on Shah Porir Dwip island, Bangladesh.
Lesson plan, photo
PSHE, Tutor time
Conflict, Newsthink

Due to violence in Myanmar, hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to flee to Bangladesh in fear for their lives. This photo and discussion activity provides learners with the opportunity to consider some of the individuals involved and to think about the kind of help people may need in a situation like this.


Learning objectives

Learners will:

  • share what they already know about the Myanmar crisis
  • develop empathy with the people affected
  • consider what kind of help people may need.


Resource overview

1. Starter

Look at the photo and suggest where the people might be and how they might be feeling.

2. Discussion

Young people consider what people affected by the crisis may need in the short and long term and what their main concerns could be.

3.  Creative activity

  • Role play

Learners imagine a dialogue taking place between people in the photograph.

  • Written activity

Young people write letters imagining someone’s journey from Myanmar, and then write a reply with words of comfort.

4. Plenary

Learners think about a message they would like to send the people in the photograph.


This resource was written by P J White of Alt62 and published in October 2017.

The photo shows a group of Rohingya people arriving by boats in the safety of darkness on 26 September 2017 on Shah Porir Dwip island, Bangladesh (© Paula Bronstein/Stringer/Getty Images).