“Broken-hearted and sad”, British schoolchildren learn empathy for refugees

The Daily Mail are reporting that, in a quiet suburban school in northwest London, young children are asked to imagine that they need to leave their homes because Britain is at war.

As they close their eyes and sit in silence, their teacher Teri-Louise O’Brien explains that there are 60 million displaced people in the world right now.”Time to reflect: how would you feel if you had no home? Take a pen, and write your feelings on the paper.” 

O’Brien said she hoped teaching the students about refugees would give them a better understanding of what it means to flee war and persecution.

The 23-year-old uses lesson plans, supplied by the United Nations Children’s Agency (UNICEF), to encourage children to ask questions. The students’ parents are also encouraged to discuss the issues at home.

Since there are refugee students in classrooms, it is important to help children make sense of the crisis in a child-friendly way, said UNICEF spokeswoman Lilly Carlise.

“It’s everywhere in the news at the moment. There are refugees in schools, they’re part of the community, so I don’t think you can shield children from these issues.” she said.

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  1. linnytayls

    SchoolsImprove Hi there, I wrote that article actually – not the Daily Mail. I’m from the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

  2. linnytayls

    activefundinguk Hi there, I wrote that article actually – not the Daily Mail. I’m from the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

  3. linnytayls

    SchoolsImprove Hi there, I wrote that article actually – not the Daily Mail. I’m from the Thomson Reuters Foundation/ Reuters news

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