Please read this very illuminating project, a way of communicating a very complex and difficult subject to students using art..
Original post from Anti-Defamation League:
We Were Strangers Too: Learning About Refugees Through Art
In what has been named the largest refugee crisis since World War II, more than 65 million people have been forced from their homes. Around the world, one in every 122 people is currently a refugee, internally displaced, or seeking asylum. There are refugees fleeing Syria, Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan, Nigeria, and dozens of other countries.
Roughly 11 million people from Syria have left their homes in search of safety and assistance since the country’s civil war began in 2011. The refugees have been fleeing civil war, persecution and terror— traveling at great lengths and great risk to survive. Instead of being met with compassion and open arms, many of today’s refugees have encountered closed doors and hateful rhetoric.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has been advocating for refugee rights not only because it is the morally right thing to do, but because once we were strangers, too. Understanding the important role of imagery in influencing hearts and minds, ADL has partnered with the Creative Action Network, a network of over 10,000 artists worldwide, to launch a new campaign called We Were Strangers Too. Artists are using their talents to tell stories of refugees from around the world and across time by submitting artwork to this project.
This lesson provides an opportunity for students to learn more about the current refugee crisis, view and analyze related artwork produced by artists all over the world, and reflect on the refugee crisis through reading, writing, art, social media and other activities to deepen their understanding of the refugee crisis and promote empathy for what it means to be a “stranger.”
See more here: http://bit.ly/2t6Ppaq