PEACE AND JUSTUCE - Many people including children are talking about the refugee & migrant crisis currently unfolding in Europe. This workshop aims to give a brief introduction to children’s lives from the perspective of a refugee or migrant. It can be helpful for children to have time to discuss this over two class periods. Some of the content can be upsetting so it is important to prepare the children ahead of the lesson and give them time to discuss their feelings or views on the matter especially if there are asylum seekers or refugee children in your class.






printed questions

  1. Learn about “children on the move”, refugees, migrants, asylum seekers and displaced people.

  2. Explore their attitudes and build an understanding of what life is like for people forced to flee their homes.


what is goal 16 ?

Goal 16 is the to promote peace, justice and strong institutions. this goal is set to have a global commitment to peace to avoid injustice and abuse.

what are its targets?

  • significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere.

  • protect children from abuse, exploitation, trafficking and violence -

  • promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure access to justice for all 

  • broaden and strengthen the participation of developing countries in the institutions of global governance.

  • promote and enforce non discriminatory laws and policies for sustainable development.



Imagine if your country became a war zone. Imagine having to leave your home, your friends and most of your family. Imagine leaving behind your pets and most of your belongings. Imagine no longer knowing where your next meal will come from or when you will, if ever, find safety. Imagine being forced to go somewhere without knowing whether you will arrive, without knowing whether you and your family will be welcome, without knowing whether you will be able to survive. Imagine living in a place with a different language or no facilities to bring you comfort. In smaller groups spend the next 10-15 minutes imagining what life might be like for a refugee or migrant.


Group Work:

Divide participants into smaller groups. Give each group a photograph and the selection of questions. Tell them to take turns answering the questions based on the picture and story of the person they were given. Find the questions and photos below. Ask participants to feed back their discussion to the larger group.

Life on the Move



"The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that is wrong with the world." Paul Farmer


Globally, one in every 122 humans is now either a refugee, internally displaced, or seeking asylum. If this were the population of a country, it would be the world's 24th biggest. This has been a result of years of ongoing conflict and suffering. Many aid agencies are running out of money to support the growing numbers. The World Food Programme cut food aid in half for Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries. Syria’s neighbours have taken the vast majority of people fleeing conflict. With conditions worsening, thousands of Syrian refugees have been trying to reach Europe, many attempting treacherous sea voyages. Usually more than half of any refugee population are children. Refugee children are first and foremost children, and as children, they need to have their rights respected. As refugees, they are particularly at risk. They are more susceptible to disease, malnutrition and physical injury. They need the support of adults, not only for physical survival, but also for their psychological and social well-being. Children are developing and if they miss key stages of development it can forever damage their physical and mental well-being. As conflict and crises persist children can lose their childhood. We must work together to prevent this and to ensure respect for the rights of these children - and of all children - everywhere.


 Visit the inside of a refugee camp

Listen to Jehad explain what his life is like on the move to Germany. 


Watch this video and learn about life in Za'atari Refugee Camp


Ask your school to take part in a Whole School Week on the refugee and migrant crisis.Below are suggested workshops that can delivered in each subject. At the end of the week hold a school assembly and discuss what was learned during the week. Ask the school to raise awareness using their social media and inviting local media to highlight the week. 



A lot of what was talked about today is upsetting. One way to deal with your upset is to take an action that might help the situation. It doesn’t have to be a big action. Can anyone think of an action they could take? Before you leave, write on a piece of paper a feeling or a thought that you would like to leave behind in the class.


Whole School Week on Refugees and Migrants

Research artists who were once refugees.
Study Charles Darwin and the Theory of evolution
Discuss the economic impacts of refugees outlined in this article.
Research the work of former refugee Walter Kohn and the impact he had on the field of Chemistry.
After taking part in the "Children on the Move" Workshop. Have a Walking Debate about the refugee migrant crisis in Europe.
Read and discuss the life of Anne Frank
Learn which countries refugees are fleeing from and which countries are hosting refugees. Make a list base on refugees per capita.
Read and discuss this article on what Americans thought of Jewish refugees on the eve of World War II.
What do refugees eat? Learn about food rations and what they can buy.
Research Irish songs about emigration.
Discuss this Article "How scared of terrorism should you be?"
Discuss the differences and similarities between Islam and Christianity. Consider bringing inviting scholars from both faiths to the discussion.
Learn about famous scientists who were refugees. Example: Albert Einstien and Sigmund Freud
Discuss the difficulties for women refugees
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