The Journey of a Refugee - Humanity House
The Journey of a Refugee
Bezoekers in museum Humanity House Den Haag

AKHRAT: “ALL YOU CAN DO IS SIT AT HOME AND WAIT”

Refugees dominate the news. But all too often the discussion is about them, not with them. At Humanity House, however, refugees have their say. Why does somebody leave everything behind? And what does a refugee encounter during and after their journey?

On our Journey of a Refugee you step into the shoes of a refugee. After that, you meet eight people who tell of their personal refugee story. For example, Shaza Manla (12) from Syria, a musical talent with big plans for the future. And Akhrat Selevani (17) from Iraq, who explains what it was like to spend eight years living and waiting in various Dutch asylum seekers’ centres.

WHAT WILL THE STUDENTS DO?

Why does someone decide to flee their home? In the first session we confront pupils with difficult questions. For example, “Would you flee without your family?” After each question, we zoom in on a current theme. With the help of such questions, and facts and figures, we prepare the students for the Journey of a Refugee.

Then the students personally ‘check in’ and set off together on a journey with an assignment book in their hand. Afterwards they share their experiences. What did the journey trigger?

In short: in our museum, your students are not only observers, but also participants, thinkers and doers.

COMBINE!

Combine your refugee journey with a personal encounter with Sahar, Ayham, Qorban, Yaman or someone else who has fled their home. Your pupils discover that ‘a refugee’ is a human being just like them, with dreams, feelings and fears. Somebody who goes to school or work, likes to spend time with family and friends, and likes to have fun. In short: a refugee leads a life that is not all that different to theirs.

DETAILS

Target group:Secondary school
Duration:90 minutes
Price:€ 155* per group
Payment:Per invoice or culture card (CJP teachers pass)
Number of pupils:Max. 30 per group
Number of supervisors:2 from school

*Prices include VAT.


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LEARNING GOALS

Subjects:
Citizenship, Civics, History and Geography

Skills:
Social and cultural skills, critical thinking, collaboration, creative thinking and communication

AIM OF THE LESSON

  • Students can explain the difference between a refugee, displaced person and asylum seeker.
  • Students can explain why people flee their home.
  • Students acquire greater insight into the lives of refugees and can empathize with them.
  • Students learn to discuss different convictions with respect.
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