Did you know that there are over 60 million people around the globe that have been forcibly displaced from their homes either because of conflict, natural disaster or economic collapse?
More than half of them are children.
June 20th is World Refugee Day. For the children that make up nearly half of the world’s refugees, each day is a struggle with so many uncertainties. The lives they knew are gone and they are adjusting to a new way of life.
We are calling on educators across Canada to get your classrooms and school community involved in support of refugees globally. Together, we can make a difference on World Refugee Day.
What can your school do to help?
- Raise awareness with students, staff and the parent/guardian community. Go to World Refugee Day to join the Canadian campaign movement.
- Share why you are supporting World Refugee Day on social media using the hashtag #WorldRefugeeDay and #HelpThemDreamAgain!
- Recognize World Refugee Day through announcements, assemblies, school websites and newsletters. Make posters and put them up around the school to raise awareness
- Write letters to your local MP, encouraging them to raise awareness of the global refugee crisis with their parliamentary colleagues and constituents.
- Host a discussion forum: Ask students to write about their dreams, what is needed to accomplish their dreams? Why are dreams important for children? How can students help refugee children also achieve their dreams?
- Invite superintendents, trustees, school unions and neighbouring schools to a large assembly to raise awareness and have a donation box.
- Host a “Run Towards Your Dreams” 2-5 km run in your school or community to raise funds in support of refugees.
- Host a movie night at your school where funds are donated to our World Refugee Day campaign. You could also lead a 50/50 raffle or school bake sale – the possibilities are endless!
- Create a YouTube video. To engage and educate young Canadians on the issues surrounding refugees and raise awareness of World Refugee Day. The Humanitarian Coalition will be hosting a “Youtube-A-Thon” in the two weeks leading up to June 20 with some of Canada’s most active young YouTubers. For teachers active on YouTube or those who are new and want to try it out, it can be as simple as filming yourself or your class explaining why you support World Refugee Day. You can share the videos across your social channels using the hashtags #WorldRefugeeDay and #HelpThemDreamAgain
- Get your students involved in the discussion. Brainstorm more ideas in your classroom for ways to get your whole school involved!
With your support, we can support refugees’ dreams of a brighter future.
Take action on World Refugee Day on June 20th and donate to support our programs that provide food, water, emergency shelters, medicine and any number of essential items to refugees in times of crisis.
Access the teacher resource developed in partnership with the Humanitarian Coalition to learn more ways to educate and mobilize your students on World Refugee Day.