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Refugee Week 2020 will take place from 15th to 21st June and is a special celebration of the contributions of refugees to the arts, culture and our society. Coinciding with World Refugee Day, the week-long celebration features educational events, as well as media and creative campaigns designed to raise awareness and highlight the importance of refugees. The annual event provides an opportunity to welcome refugees into communities, form connections and share experiences. World Refugee Day is an international day of awareness run by the United Nations (UN) to show support for refugees who have been forced from their homes by violence. In 2020, World Refugee Day will take place on 20th June.

The theme for Refugee Week 2020 is ‘Imagine.

You could include activities linked to refugee week in your home learning.

There are a number of ideas and resources readily available:

Twinkl have a number of resources linked to refugees for children in primary. These can be found at:

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/topics/topics-organised-events/topics-organised-events-refugee-week

The Refugee Week 2020 children & young people’s pack has a wide range of activities, films and learning resources for children of all ages. This can be found at:

https://refugeeweek.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Refugee-Week-2020-Childrens-Pack.pdf

Amnesty have three bitesize learning activities for 7 -11 year olds these can be found at:

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/blogs/classroom-community/refugee-week-home-bitesize-activities-7-11-year-olds

The Redcross have a pack of resources for 14-16 year olds at:

https://www.redcross.org.uk/get-involved/teaching-resources/refugees-welcome pack for 14-16

Schools of Sanctuary Resource Pack (currently being updated) is available online as well as information about the process of becoming a School of Sanctuary there is also a useful list of teaching resources, lesson plans and facts and figures about refugees for schools.  https://schools.cityofsanctuary.org/resources/

Learn about the refugee crisis with resources for Catholic primary schools here: https://cafod.org.uk/Education/Primary-teaching-resources/Refugee-resources

There are a number of Resources on Hwb related to refugees. Here are a few of them:

Education Toolkit – Refugee Children

A best practice toolkit for supporting the integration of refugee children into school life and the curriculum:

https://hwb.gov.wales/repository/discovery/resource/c2ca434c-f523-43d8-9060-bf41690911e3/en

Stories of sanctuary in Wales – critical thinking about the Welsh welcome for refugees past and present:

https://hwb.gov.wales/api/storage/8438d06b-1c09-4cbc-ae5d-a95f61cffe09/StoriesofSanctuaryinWalesIntroductionandActvities.pdf

Welsh Baccalaureate: Refugees

This resource will take learners on a journey through the issues of refugees across the globe. Use pictures, stories and facts to develop empathy and increase your learners’ understanding of the issues facing refugees.

https://hwb.gov.wales/repository/publishers/342f760f-6b2f-49f7-b574-2ea1ea3a2d99/resource/9f2b2baf-59ec-49ab-8337-40a5ff13b987/en

Schools of Sanctuary

This Oxfam resource is aimed at Key Stage 2 and 3 learners, the resource enables learners to think about why refugees leave their homes, what challenges they face, how welcoming the UK is to those seeking asylum and our fundamental human rights.

https://hwb.gov.wales/repository/publishers/342f760f-6b2f-49f7-b574-2ea1ea3a2d99/resource/703d4f6f-b18d-4065-b604-dca351c25826/en

Also look at for activities from Swansea’s African Community Centre: https://africancommunitycentre.org.uk/refugee-week-2020/