Canadian Teachers Offer a Refugee-Education Handbook

Al-Fanar Media - A new handbook on refugee education offers teachers practical suggestions for working with children who have experienced war, displacement and trauma. The authors of Bridging Two Worlds: Supporting Newcomer and Refugee Youth, Jan Stewart and Lorna Martin, have published the digital edition of their book as a free download, to make it easily available to professionals working with young refugees. The book is the result of a three-year research project in four provinces of Canada to find the best practices and programs to support children from refugee backgrounds.

At the heart of the book is a collection of 30 lesson plans to prepare teachers for working with refugee children, and 11 lesson plans for teachers to use with refugee children. The lessons for students focus on “knowledge of self, knowledge of others and knowledge of the cultural environment.”

It is based on the Canadian experience of welcoming refugees: in 2018, the government of Canada plans to admit 310,000 immigrants, of whom 46,500 will be refugees.

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