Consider the welcome shown to refugees and asylum seekers in the UK and explore the impact of welcoming on new arrivals in the future.
- Lesson plan
- Art and design, Citizenship, Drama, English, PSHE
- Refugees and migration
Help young people gain a better understanding of the humanitarian impact of the refugee crisis.
The discussion ideas, drama activities, photos and a short film will build learners’ empathy for the real people affected by the crisis. Young people will also be encouraged to consider the difference a welcome could make to someone seeking asylum and refuge.
- increase their understanding of the refugee crisis and develop awareness of the personal stories behind the numbers and headlines
- consider how language can change perspectives
- explore emotions and words associated with the idea of feeling welcome and consider the positive impact a welcome could have.
- Key facts sheet
Helpful definitions and background information build understanding of the refugee crisis.
- Discussion: Build understanding
Learners consider what it might be like to be a young refugee and use photos to look at the story of a Syrian refugee in Glasgow.
- Film: Building empathy
Use the film I am human to explore how language can change perspectives.
- Drama activity: Welcome
Explore the language and emotions associated with feeling welcome and unwelcome. Use drama techniques to consider how you could make people feel welcome.
- Poetry: Welcome words
Experiment with language to express a message of welcome for refugees and asylum seekers.
- Next steps
Suggestions for practical actions to help young people consider what they could do to make refugees and asylum seekers feel welcome in their schools and communities.
Video: I am human
These resources were written by Rob Bowden of Lifeworlds Learning and published in May 2016. Reviewed September 2017.
The photo shows Yamat, a refugee from Syria, shows a picture of her new home in Glasgow (© Conor Ashleigh/British Red Cross 2015).