World Refugee Day
An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on of June, repeating indefinitely
20 June every year: Marking the international Convention relating to the Status of Refugees.
The year 2001 marked the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. The UN General Assembly therefore decided that 20 June would be celebrated as World Refugee Day from 2001 onwards.
Further information on the UN’s World Refugee Day web pages and on the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) website.
If you would like some ideas to help your school mark World Refugee Day you can read through our articles Refugees and Refugees welcome?, which provide an introduction to some of the issues, and Refugee Week and Simple Acts which describes ways to support refugees.
The following short video clip might also be interesting to show in class – especially in French as it includes some information in that language.
The United Nations Association – UK (UNA-UK) has a page with background information and teaching activities for World Refugee Day.
You can also find teaching resources by browsing through the resources listed on our database under the topic of ‘Migration & Refugees’.
Or get inspiration by reading through the following case study for ideas:
» Positive images project – understanding refugees
The photo on this page is Family at Tent City Set up by UN Refugee Agency by UN Photo on flickr.com and used under a Creative Commons licence.