In parallel, the UNHCR Office in Cyprus organizes campaigns with the participation of schools, and also collaborates with other institutions, organizations and individuals for the development and dissemination of educational materials such as manuals, brochures, and posters. There is also a large collection of refugee photographs that help teachers to introduce refugee issues into the classroom, which in turn acquaints them with topics such as human rights, diversity and the importance of the social inclusion refugees. Moreover, the online game Against All Odds / Ταξίδι Φυγής is a multilingual experiential learning tool for each player that can also be used in a variety of ways by teachers to discuss refugee and asylum issues in an innovative way.
The educational material you will find in this section of our website is addressed to teachers of all grades, as well as school counselors, educational staff, team leaders and anyone working in the school system and within the field of education. The materials are particularly flexible and can be adapted according to the particularities and needs of each class and subject being taught. They have been developed so as to be used for cross-cultural enrichment, to enhance teaching methods, and to supplement the existing school books.
To share educational materials and presentations you may be developing, as well as to discuss ideas and educational initiatives within and outside the classroom, contact us.
With forced displacement reaching unprecedented levels across the globe, the challenges are new and many for teachers to tackle the subject effectively in their classrooms. Teaching about refugees is UNHCR’s multilingual set of resources for teachers all over the world to tap into. Teaching about refugees has been adapted into Greek by UNHCR’s office in Greece.
To help children of all ages learn about refugee issues, UNHCR has produced a range of teaching materials and set up an online group for teachers to swap ideas and discuss lesson plans. To find out more and to sign up, visit Exchange.
For more UNHCR’s work globally, visit the Education pages of our global website.
A recent publication on Refugee Education in Cyprus: Challenges and Opportunities takes a closer look at access to the national education system for children at the Reception Centre, unaccompanied children, mainstreaming and other schooling options. A series of recommendations are offered and integration measures are also highlighted.
School aged children are supposed to get 200 days of school a year. According to UNHCR’s global 2017 report Left behind: Refugee education in crisis for many refugees education remains out of reach. 3.5 million school-age refugees* had 0 days of school in 2016. This report also looks at the educational aspirations of refugee youth beyond school age.
Some refugee-themed literature titles to put on your reading list:
Amir’s Blue Elephant by Melissa Hekkers. Armida, 2020
Butterfly: From Refugee to Olympian, My Story of Rescue, Hope and Triumph by Yusra Mardini. PanMacMillan, 2018
Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini. Penguin Random House, 2018
A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea by Melissa Fleming. Flatiron Books, 2016
Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Pocket Books, 2008
A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah. Harper Perennial, 2008