Teaching ideas

Lesson 3: Refugee women and children

Learning outcome

Participants will be able to identify (and empathise with) the similarities and differences between the experiences of men, women and children during their refugee journey.

Lesson resources

Step 1. Reading

Students read the short stories at Roads to Refuge » Refugee journeys » Seeking refuge » Our experiences (either individually or in groups).

Question: How are the men, women and children (boys and girls) affected differently by war and conflict?

  • Atoosa (Iran) from Stories from a Troubled Homeland (written by students at Randwick Girls’ High School, Sydney)
  • Ali (Afghanistan) from ‘The Truth Hurts - Facts and Stories about "Boat People" and Asylum Seekers’, The Centre for Refugee Research, UNSW
  • Dunia (Iraq) from Stories from a Troubled Homeland (written by students at Randwick Girls’ High School, Sydney)
Step 2. Discussion

Students suggest ways that the experience of conflict is different for men, women, boys and girls. The following terms can be used as part of a brainstorming activity to think about how people’s experiences might be different.

  • Mental health
  • Family support
  • Violence
  • Role of elders
  • Education
  • Employment/ work
  • Roles and responsibilities in family
  • Reproductive health
Step 3. Unaccompanied minors

Watch the following news clip and discuss why children might travel by themselves. What type of assistance might they need on their journey?