Lesson 1: Mapping country of origin
Participants will be able to identify & map countries of origin and countries of asylum.
- Teaching notes Mapping country of origin [DOC]
- World Map/ Atlas
Step 1. Mapping
Using a map, students locate the country of origin that relates to each of the following refugee experiences:
- Anna Democratic Republic Congo (UNHCR)
- Ashane Sri Lanka (Amnesty International Australia)
- Hussain Afghanistan (Amnesty International Australia)
- Fiona Sudan (Beverley Hills High School IEC)
- For additional examples refer to the DVD Who is a refugee.
Ask students to write down the name of the countries surrounding those listed above, and to familiarise themselves with the geographical area (for example: physical borders, names of neighbouring countries).
Step 2. Research
Students prepare a fact file on each person’s country of origin and present it to the class (individually or in groups - each group could use a different case study). Refer to the Useful websites section for country profile links.
Fact files could include:
- Languages spoken
- Types of food eaten
- Ruling government
- National dress (there may be more than one)
- Ethnic groups
- Celebrations - cultural/ religious
- Occupations/ lifestyle (urban/ rural)
Step 3. Presentation
Students report back to the class - either oral or visual presentation.