MIP – Education Station

This exhibit highlights an incredibly important and timely global issue. For the last six years, the war in Syria has raged, causing many Syrians to flee their homes and seek refuge in countries around the world. A refugee is someone who is forced to flee their home because of conflict or persecution. 4.9 million of the refugees in our world right now are Syrian and most of those refugees are living in camps in countries neighboring Syria.

Across the globe, 65.3 million people have been forcibly displaced, and 21.3 million of those people are considered refugees. While their lives and experiences may be different, they share the experience of being forced to leave their home, often times not knowing when they will be able to return.

This education station will give you the chance to learn more about the experience of refugees — their struggles and their hopes for the future.

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Take Action!
We hope that this exhibit has enabled you to see from the eyes of young refugees themselves, the ways that their lives have been changed by the war. We hope that you have been moved to imagine yourself in their shoes. We hope that you are moved to think about how you can take action to make change. Here are some ways you can take action right here:

 

Educate!
Purchase a postcard from the box on the table. See the list below for ways that you can use your postcard. Drop your postcard in the box on the table to be sent out! All funds raised from purchasing this postcard will be donate to The Most Important Picture: Syria Workshop, enabling a new group of children to participate in a photography workshop.

  • Write to an elected official! Visit the site: https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials and find your local, state or national political representative. Write them a postcard sharing what you think we should be doing to address this important issue.
  • Send a postcard to your friend, sharing what you have learned today and encouraging them to learn more about the experience of refugees.
  • Let the artists know your thoughts! Write a message to a young artist featured in the exhibit. Drop your postcard in the Shen Gallery to be sent out!
  • Share a message with an aid worker. Aid workers support refugees at different points in their journeys. Thank them for their work with some of the most vulnerable people in our world.  Drop your postcard in the Shen Gallery to be sent out.

 

Raise your voice!
Log on to www.unhcr.org/refugeeday and sign the #Withrefugees petition online. The #WithRefugees campaign expresses solidarity with people forced to flee and encourages governments to take action. When you sign the #WithRefugees petition, you are asking governments to turn their commitments into action – and make sure our three petition asks become a reality:

  • every refugee child gets an education
  • every refugee family has somewhere safe to live
  • every refugee can support their family and make a positive contribution to their community.

 

Videos

 

Articles

 

All Grades

 

LS Resources

 

MS Resources

 

US Resources

Resources for Action

    • June 20th is World Refugee Day

 

Take Action!

  • Educate!
  • Buy a postcard ($1) and send a message to someone you know, telling them what you have learned and encouraging them to learn more about this important issue.
  • Raise your voice!
    • Sign the #Withrefugees petition online. The #WithRefugees campaign expresses solidarity with people forced to flee and encourages governments to take action. When you sign the #WithRefugees petition, you are asking governments to turn their commitments into action – and make sure our three petition asks become a reality:
  • every refugee child gets an education
  • every refugee family has somewhere safe to live
  • every refugee can support their family and make a positive contribution to their community.