Did you know that World Refugee Day, observed every year on June 20th, is an international day established by the United Nations to pay tribute to refugees worldwide?

In a rapidly changing and interconnected world, fostering empathy and understanding among young minds is crucial. One pressing issue that demands our attention is the global refugee crisis.

Millions of individuals around the world are forcibly displaced from their homes due to conflicts, persecution, and natural disasters. By introducing elementary students to the realities faced by refugees, we can cultivate empathy, promote inclusivity, and empower them to become compassionate global citizens.

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Printable & Activity Objectives

Age: 8 to 9 year olds, Activity Time:1-2 hours, Items Needed: Writing and colouring pencils

This activity will allow students to learn about the global refugee crises to foster greater empathy and appreciation for diversity and a desire to help those in need.

It will help your child or student with:

  1. Cultivating Empathy: Learning about refugees' challenges and hardships helps students develop a more profound sense of empathy and compassion for others.
  2. Promoting Global Issues Awareness: It encourages them to think beyond their immediate surroundings and understand the broader global context, fostering a sense of responsibility towards global challenges.
  3. Encouraging Active Citizenship: Teaching students about the refugee crisis inspires them to take action, whether through fundraising initiatives, awareness campaigns, or community service, fostering a sense of agency and social responsibility.
  4. Strengthening Cultural Awareness: Learning about refugees exposes students to diverse cultures, languages, and traditions.

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Classroom Resources

Simple steps to start:

  • Research and learn more about the current refugee crises around the world. Here's a video about trends and the current state of the forcibly displaced people around the world by UNHCR:

Here's an explanatory video about what it means to be a refugee (as defined by international law):

Here are some links to how students can get involved and help support refugee initiatives and causes around the world:



5 ways students can help refugees on World Refugee Day or any day
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What's in the Printable Worksheet Pack

This printable activity pack consists of 3 creative printable worksheets. Here's what it consists of:

  • 1 Refugee Empathy Sheet
  • 1 World Refugee Day Design Sheet
  • 1 Global Refugee Crises Map Sheet

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