This section provides general suggestions about how the resources on this website can be used to develop lessons that raise awareness about refugee experiences and perspectives.
Important note for teachers
The resources on this website present lived refugee experiences. Teachers need to consider the appropriateness of these resources for their students, particularly their students from refugee backgrounds, and ensure all students are safe and supported when engaging in the activities. Students should be forewarned about content, given the opportunity to opt out or choose an alternative activity or resource.
Teachers should seek advice and support from the school counsellor prior to engaging in activities. Counsellors will be able to suggest strategies teachers can use in the classroom if managing distress is required, eg. simple incidental counselling skills such as validation and not asking further potentially distressing questions.
Who is a refugee
Who is a refugee introduces us to the nature of the refugee experiences through personal stories. The activities aim to broaden our understanding of refugee issues and to challenge any misconceptions that we may have about what makes someone a refugee.
Refugee journeys introduces students to the countries and regional areas that refugees flee from, and then provides insight into the different experiences people have on their refugee journeys. Students will develop an understanding about the global reality of seeking asylum.
Refugee settlement highlights both the challenges that refugees experience during settlement in Australia, and the contributions that refugees make in our community. Students are encouraged to explore the lives of refugees living in Australia today.
Refugees in Australia
Refugees in Australia provides an overview of how refugees are supported in Australia through government, community, education and health initiatives. The activities are designed to help students make links between Australia’s global commitments to refugees and the implementation of programs at the local level.