Exodus - Forced Migration Toolkit

Exodus - Doc Academy
Exodus - Doc Academy




Short (1-4 activities)

This toolkit is designed for teachers and students to explore the complex issues surrounding forced migration in a creative and accessible way. It is aimed at students aged 11-16 years.

High quality, engaging film clips from Doc Academy and Comic Relief are used throughout the exercises, making this toolkit an effective and unique resource for both teachers and students. The toolkit provides easy to use activities and ideas to help students reflect on and discuss the issues whilst also inspiring them to learn about and engage with social action and advocacy. With the help of documentary film, varying perspectives on the topic of forced migration are being introduced, while at the same time developing the capacity for independent and critical thinking, empathy, understanding and social responsibility.

How to Use This Toolkit

This toolkit can be used as a stand-alone resource by teachers and students in the classroom. It can be used to engage form and tutor groups, after-school groups and as part of assemblies and year-group projects or any other activity which aims to develop skills such as critical thinking, media literacy, active citizenship and social issues awareness.

There are three themes and are two activities in each theme. Each activity takes 45-60 minutes and can be stand alone. There are approximately 6 hours of activities in total.

The toolkit's exercises and activities are accompanied by film clips tailored to use in the classroom.

The toolkit features the following material:

  • Bite-size film clips from the BAFTA awarded BBC documentary Exodus: Our Journey to Europe.
  • Together with teachers, Doc Academy has chosen specific clips which show the journey of Hassan, an English language teacher from Syria. The documentary is unique because Hassan has recorded with his phone his entire experience from fleeing from Syria to finding safety in the UK.
  • The toolkit also features Red Nose Day campaign videos. Hello, Salaam, I Miss You is aimed at older teenagers and tells the stories of young people who are currently living in a refugee camp in Pirot, Serbia. Designed for younger pupils is Farhad's Story, which follows the story of 12-year-old Farhad, an Afghani refugee who illustrates his family's journey from Iran to Belgrade.

The toolkit can also be used alongside Doc Academy's free curriculum-linked Exodus English 11-16 lesson plans, and as an extension of Comic Relief's school learning resources.

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  • Citizenship
  • English
  • Geography

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