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World Refugee Day

Together We Heal, Learn and Shine

June 20th

The United Nations gives us some background information about refugees and displacement. 


Every minute 20 people leave everything behind to escape war, persecution or terror. There are several types of forcibly displaced persons:


A refugee is someone who fled his or her home and country owing to “a well-founded fear of persecution because of his/her race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion”, according to the United Nations 1951 Refugee Convention. Many refugees are in exile to escape the effects of natural or human-made disasters.

Asylum Seekers

Asylum seekers say they are refugees and have fled their homes as refugees do, but their claim to refugee status is not yet definitively evaluated in the country to which they fled.

Internally Displaced Persons

Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are people who have not crossed an international border but have moved to a different region than the one they call home within their own country.

Stateless Persons

Stateless persons do not have a recognized nationality and do not belong to any country.

Statelessness situations are usually caused by discrimination against certain groups. Their lack of identification — a citizenship certificate — can exclude them from access to important government services, including health care, education or employment.


Returnees are former refugees who return to their own countries or regions of origin after time in exile. Returnees need continuous support and reintegration assistance to ensure that they can rebuild their lives at home.

Plant The Seed - Unpack Your Thinking

Welcome to Wonderopolis, a website full of wonders. This week as part of The Global Write your hook in to unpack is Wonder #1883 WHAT IS A REFUGEE?

You have two visuals to explore and think about. 

Read the article

Watch the video Teen Refugees Show Us What True Friendship Looks Like | Kid President Travel Show

This week’s thinking routine from the Project Zero Thinking Routine Toolbox is Same and Different. A routine for considering and questioning dichotomies.

Notice – Often judgments are made at first glance. What was the first impression you had about this information about refugees? 


Perspective Taking – Think about what other points of view people could have about refugees? What do you think some of these points of view could be?


Same and Different – What are the similarities? Differences to your impression? How is this the same and different at the same time?

Modelled Thinking

Here is my thinking – Bronwyn Joyce ‘The Global Write’ Creator

Let's Write

Prompt 1 

From Kara Green 5th-grade middle school teacher in Beverly, MA.

A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war or violence. The UN Refugee Agency recorded a record 65.6 million people displaced worldwide. 

How do you think we should handle the refugee crisis? Should families receive aid and be encouraged to stay in their home country, be allowed to enter your home country, or something else?

State your position and support your answer with at least 2 reasons why you believe this is best.

Prompt 2


Image Credit Joel Bergner 

Beginning, Middle, End is a Project Zero Thinking Routine for harnessing the power of narrative to observe connections, patterns, & meaning

Choose one of these questions: 

  1. If this artwork is the beginning of a story, what might happen next? 
  2. If this artwork is the middle of a story, what might happen before? What might be about to happen?
  3. If this artwork is the end of a story, what might the story be?

Prompt 3

My Pledge for World Refugee Day 2021

This World Refugee Day we want you to make a pledge to do something to change, or to improve, the way that the world sees refugees. 

You can make a difference and help educate others about this global crisis.

What will you do?

Make a short video stating what you will do.

Start your video by saying “My name is (first name) and this World refugee Day I pledge to…”

Make sure you share your pledge in The Global Write Flipgrid group

Listen to a voice of hope for refugees

Prompt 4

From the streets of Brooklyn to Syrian refugee camps; the favelas of Brazil to rural Ugandan settlements, Joel has collaborated with youth, families and artists across 30 countries to create murals that reflect the resilience and stories of their communities. As CEO and Co-Founder of Artolution, a non-profit organization, Joel supports local artists in crisis-affected communities to lead their own sustainable arts programs with vulnerable children year-round.

Explore Joel’s work with Refugees and his murals Create your own mural that represents refugees and promotes World Refugee Day. You may prefer to make a buncee this is perfectly fine and we look forward to seeing your creations. 


Here are some of Joel’s Murals he made with refugees around the world. Use these to spark your creativity. 

Let's Create with AMAZELAB

Add the creativity of STEAM to learning, new ideas each week brought to you by the sensational team at AMAZELAB in the UK.

This week team amazelab would like you to design a refugee camp but think about how you would power it with sustainable energy to help ensure vital resources are provided. 
The idea is to design and build portable wind turbines to power the camp. I’ve attached a factsheet as a guide. 
Team amazelab are positive all the young learners will develop fantastic camp designs and sustainable energy ideas. 
We can not wait to see them. 
From Leonie – amazelab

Share Your Thinking & Creativity With The World

Place you let’s write work or your AMAZELAB creation on a Buncee and post to ‘The Global Write’ Buncee Board. Take a photo of your work and share it on our Wakelet or tell us all about your writing or creations on Flipgrid.

All you need to do is click on your button of choice and share your great work with a global audience.

World Refugee Day through the eyes of 'The Global Write' Youth Ambassador Olivia

Olivia was inspired this week by the urgency to understand the refugee crisis around the world.

Teacher Resources

For more information on the Same and Different thinking routine go to

The UN Sustainable Goals and Good Life Goals we are supporting this week are:

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