Global Learning Programme

Responding to the crisis in Syria

Many schools are continuing to respond to the ongoing crisis in Syria through a range of activities within the classroom, school assemblies and various extra-curricula activities.

Examples of useful materials to support classroom activities can be seen on www.globaldimension.org.uk

A particularly useful new resource is one produced by Oxfam and in partnership with School of Sanctuary.

http://www.oxfam.org.uk/education/resources/schools-of-sanctuary

Schools are also likely to wish to support refugees in Syria through some form of fundraising.

Although it’s not commonplace for the GLP to highlight fundraising activities, the Department for International Development (DfID) have asked that the GLP let schools know about this Syria appeal, Unicef Day of Change, to which DfID will match public donations.

The GLP advises schools that if they wish to engage in fundraising, this should come out of informed learning and understanding about the issues facing the people of Syria, particularly children. 

These guides for fundraising for schools might be useful to view:

https://globaldimension.org.uk/news/item/13662

http://www.oxfam.org.uk/education/teacher-support/educational-support-for-fundraising

and the GLP’s aims should also be taken into account.

The largest humanitarian crisis since World War 2

The conflict in Syria has now raged for over five years, placing over eight million children in terrible danger. It is the largest humanitarian crisis since World War 2.[1] Children's worlds have been turned upside down by this brutal conflict. So many have lost family, friends and schools, and have been forced to flee their homes.

How can teachers respond?

Explore Syria with your pupils

Syria is in a part of the world rich in culture and ancient history. But sadly these days it is more often known as a region riven by conflict and war. Use these pointers and ideas from Think Global for exploring the region and the roots of the conflict in class. Teaching about Syria

Engage pupils in campaigns to support refugees

Amnesty International, Refugee Action and other organisations are running a campaign to help Syrian child refugees be re-united with their families. Re-unite refugee families

Refugees welcome

Do you have any Syrian refugees in your school or community? Help them to feel supported and welcome. Some may be willing to share their story with your pupils, or share more positive aspects of their country and culture. Your pupils may like to leave a message of welcome and support to refugees visiting ‘Refugee Action’ centres. They can do this on-line through writing on the Refugees Welcome Wall

Fundraise to provide basic services for people fleeing conflict in Syria

Donations to support Syrian child refugees through the Unicef Day of Change will be matched by DfID.

Most UK overseas charities are raising money to support refugees in Syria. Here are a few examples:

Red Cross

Oxfam

Muslim Aid

Christian Aid

CAFOD

Action Aid

 

[1] www.unicef.org.uk