Human Rights Education: The 4th R, Human Rights Education
Resource Guide, Vol. 6, No.1 summer 1994.


Catholic Consortium on Refugee Awareness Education (1990). Flight to Hope: A Catholic Refugee Awareness Project. $10. New York: Catholic Consortium. Catholic Consortium, c/o ICCB, 323 E. 47th St., New York, NY 10017.

This material includes eight lesson plans which incorporate a holistic approach to teaching about refugees, including clever games and activities which encourage the child to take the perspective of the refugee child and closely examine governmental attitudes toward the issue. The approach has a religious bent and biblical teachings are offered as supplemental to the curriculum. There is an informative section specifically for teacher training and sensitization to the topic. Adaptable to secular settings.

Craig, Ann Armstrong (1994). The Refugee Experience: A Teaching Guide. New York: Womens Commission for Refugee Woman and Children, 122 E. 42nd St., 12th Floor, New York, NY 10168-1289, tel 212-551-3086, fax 212-689-3459.

This excellent resource seeks to engage students in learning about the experience of refugees and human rights, and to enhance their education through experiential learning. The packet contains three items: a text of student readings, maps, and activities; a teaching guide; and a 10-minute video.

Donahue, David, and Nancy Flowers (1994). Uprooted, Refugees and the United States. Alameda: Hunter House Inc. Publishers, Box 2914, Alameda, CA, 94501-0914, tel 510-865-5282, fax 510-865-4295.

Most U.S. residents cannot distinguish between a refugee and an immigrant. Through classroom activities for many subject areas (U.S. history, government, world history, geography, English, and art), this resource curriculum teaches the history of refugees in the U.S., international legal standards and practices, and current refugee issues. The final chapter leads students to investigate their own towns and encourages community service. The appendices contain useful bibliographies and filmographies, a directory of refugee organizations, and the tet of international instruments.

Kismaraic, Carole (1989). Forced Out: The Agony of the Refugee in Out Time. New York: Human Rights Watch and J.M. Kaplan Fund in Association with William Morrow & Co., W. W. Norton & Co., Penguin Books Ltd., and Random House, Inc. ISBN 0679723471.

An extraordinary collection of photographs, essays, and factual information that movingly conveys the global refugee crisis.

Martin, Susan Forbes (1992). Refugee Women. Atlantic Highlands, NJ: Zed Books. Zed Books, 165 1st Ave., Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716.

This useful book provides an overview of the situation and needs of refugee women and children and stresses the importance of womens participation in the design and implementation of assistance programs.

Morrison, Joan, and Charlotte Fox Zabusky, eds. (1993). American Mosiac: The Immigrant Experience in the Words of Those Who Lived It. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press. ISBN 0822954885.

This resource provides an extensive collection of narratives from immigrants who span the century and the globe.

Nelson Thibaut, Amy (1992). The Chinese Immigrant Experience: A Simulation. Denver: Center for Teaching International Relations. Center for Teaching International Relations, University of Denver, 2201 South Gaylord St., Denver, CO 80208, tel 303-871-3106, fax 303-871-2906.

This simulation was designed so students could experience some of the legal and social setbacks that many immigrants encounter as they enter this country.

Nunez, Rucia (1993). Why Do People Move?: Migration from Latin America. Stanford, CA: Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education. Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education, Institute for International Studies, Littlefield Center, Room 14C, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-5013, tel 800-578-1114.

This unit of interactive activities for middle school students examines the concept of migration through Latin American case studies. Poetry, music, drawings, and personal testimony convey the flight of political refugees and the quest for economic opportunities.

Rutter, Jill (1991). We Left Because We Had To. London: The Refugee Council. 5 pounds. ISBN 0-946787-04-2. The Refugee Council, 3 Bondway, London SW8 1SJ, United Kingdom.

A beautifully presented resource curriculum for secondary schools that provides an overview of refugee issues, historical context, and special focus on regions of great refugee concentrations and the events that caused them. Although one chapter is specific to refugee policies and services in the United Kingdom, the book is otherwise entirely adaptable for general use. Activities are innovative and accessible to a number of subject areas.

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