Teaching ideas


Lesson 1: Mapping country of origin

Learning outcome

Participants will be able to identify & map countries of origin and countries of asylum.

Lesson resources

Step 1. Mapping

Ask students to use a map to locate the countries of origin of the people in the short stories at Roads to Refuge » Refugee journeys » Seeking refuge » Our experiences.

Ask students to write down the name of the countries surrounding those listed above, and to familiarise themselves with the geographical area (for example: physical borders, names of neighbouring countries).

Step 2. Research

Ask students to prepare a fact file on each person’s country of origin and present it to the class (individually or in groups - each group could use a different case study). Refer to the Useful websites section for country profile links.

Fact files could include:

  • Languages spoken
  • Religion/s
  • Population
  • Types of food eaten
  • Ruling government
  • Ethnic groups
  • Celebrations - cultural/ religious
  • Occupations/lifestyle (urban/ rural)
  • Education

Step 3. Presentation

Students report back to the class - either oral or visual presentation.