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To Be A Refugee

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This video is from a public dropbox which provides a range of informative resources from UNHCR Australia exploring various refugee issues across the world including child refugees, women refugees and environmental refugees.  This particular video ‘To be a Refugee’ is a video where child refugees from many countries tell their stories and the voice over commentary by a child explains the key issues and terms related to the refugee experience.

This video could be used as a unit introductory resource to present new information and familiarise students with basic terminology and definitions; an important part of the presentation stage of digital curation (Schellens & Valcke, 2005).   Groups could undertake a research task to define key terms or describe concepts and present as constructed into posters. This work may then be presented to the whole class creating a glossary of terms as a visual reminder for the rest of the unit such as UNHCR, UN Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, ‘refugee’, ‘human rights’, ‘asylum seeker’, ‘detention’, ‘persecution’ . 

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UNHCR Lego Posters- Confronting Stereotypes

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These UNHCR Australia posters examine discrimination and prejudice against refugees through images using Lego figures. They are a resource for deepening students thinking when the basic understanding of the global concept of a refugee and Australia’s experience with refugees has been established. These posters explore and present complex issues of social prejudice, discriminatory language and common misconceptions in a simple way using images children are familiar with.

 

These posters and their captions could be used as a conversation stimulus to the deeper understanding of why people become refugees and how various people respond to their plight.   Their simplicity could stimulate responses across a range of abilities in a class.

 

Group discussion around the posters could be enhanced  by uses of drama with small group role plays acting out different refugee journeys based on ‘case studies’ of refugee circumstances. One example of this the hypothetical exercise with script and discussion questions, ‘Time to Flee’, is available through Amnesty Australia.

http://www.amnesty.org.au/images/uploads/hre/activity_time_to_flee.pdf

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Gordon Syron

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This powerful artwork gives an indigenous perspective on the concept of being forced into a new way of living that is entirely alien, suffering violence, loss, and   disruption of culture, home and family. It could be used as a resource to compare the experience of Indigenous people and Refugees as perspectives of people who feel they have lost their homeland through invasion and those that have been forced to leave. It may enable students to see similarities such as confronting alienation, communication problems, feelings of grief and loss, fear, fragmentation of families and communities and cultural clashes and misunderstandings.  

 

This exploration could be enriched with creative arts with students asked to create an artwork communicating their interpretations of the feelings or experiences of indigenous people or refugees and a message to their fellow Australians about refugees. This would be in line with Bennett’s fourth stage of cultures education to assist actual ‘commitment to combatting prejudice and discrimination’.  Students might enter works in a competition such as that being run by UNHCR Canberra for school children’s artworks   to raise awareness of the struggles of asylum seekers.  Details at: http://unhcr.org.au/unhcr/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=286:world-refugee-day-2013-art-competition&catid=35:news-a-media&Itemid=63

 

 

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Rethink Refugees

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This website by Amnesty Australia provides a good overall resource for the refugee issue in the Australian context.  It has strong and simple visual and graphic displays which explore the key issues and provide good statistics in easily accessible form to students.  It could be used for all stages of presenting facts, delving deeper (explication) and evaluation (critical analysis). It is particularly useful for the latter in setting out the key facts, misconceptions and issues surrounding refugee issue in Australia. A further useful resource is a collection of media reports to explain and clarify common uses of discriminatory and inflammatory language in relation to refugees.   This would stimulate students to critically analyse media presentation of issues and work to combat or challenge common prejudices. The anti-discrimination element of this resource links to the four necessary ‘interactive dimensions’ of ‘cultures education’ that Bennett proposes. These are: movement towards equity, curriculum reform, the development of intercultural competencies and the commitment to combatting prejudice and discrimination (Bennett 1999 in Reynolds 2012 p.215).

 

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Welcome to Australia - Short Film

Visit - http://welcometoaustralia.org.au/ Between June 19 and 26, 2011, we'd like to say a big "Welcome to Australia" to asylum seekers, refugees, new arriva...
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This is a video presentation from 'Welcome to Australia', a Mission Australia supported organisation promoting the understanding and celebration of the contribution of refugees and asylum seekers to Australia. It could be used as an explication resource (Schellens & Valcke, 2005) to further explore key concepts such as International Human Rights, people smugglers and political persecution.   By haring the stories of many refugees it will assist students to empathise with the experience of refugees through exploring the motives, feelings and journey’s of individual people.  

 

Importantly this resource also raises recognition of Indigenous Australians as Australia’s first people a basis for accepting Australia's multicultural identity and the need to acknowledge all the contributions of various cultures to Australia’s identity. The class discussions around its content would an excellent stimulus for a literacy activity where children write their own creative piece telling story of a refugee’s journey to Australia.  

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