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The British Red Cross has developed a resource for 7-14 year-olds to help increase their knowledge and understanding of what life can be like for refugees and asylum seekers.

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Refugees arrive by boat at Shah Porir Dwip Island in Bangladesh. Credit: British Red Cross

The British Red Cross have produced 2 teaching activities, for ages 11-19 which provides learners with the opportunity to reflect on the crisis by considering some of the individuals involved and thinking about what people really need in a situation like this.

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Our Shared Future

This British Red Cross secondary Citizenship resource supports Refugee Week 2017 (19-25 June). The theme of ‘Our Shared Future’ celebrates how collaboration between people from different backgrounds strengthens British communities.

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Natural Disasters: Earthquakes image

Developed by the British Red Cross with the support of the Geographical Association, this exciting teaching package features a range of activities designed to encourage young people to explore the impact earthquakes have on individuals and communities.

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British Red Cross Refugee Week 2016

This teaching resource from the British Red Cross is designed to help young people gain a better understanding of the humanitarian impact of the refugee crisis. Activities build learners’ empathy for the real people affected by the crisis.

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The Unknown Soldier

Using this set of British Red Cross resources young people (ages 14 to 16+) can uncover the human stories, emotions and feeling of those who were involved in World War One. It comprises a film showing the moments before going ‘over the top’ plus supporting teaching activities.

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Humanitarianism in action

The activities in this British Red Cross resource consider how humanitarianism can be put into action, by placing learners in the position of decision makers, enabling them to explore the choices surrounding helping people in need.

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Rules of War

These British Red Cross resources explore the protections in place for those in conflict zones and the impact conflict has had on the lives of those affected. What is and isn’t legal during armed conflict? What are the Geneva Conventions? These British Red Cross resources introduce young people to the principles of international humanitarian law or the ‘rules of war’.

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What is humanitarianism?

The Red Cross is a humanitarian organisation, but what does that mean? The activities in this British Red Cross resource have been designed to help learners (ages 12-14) unpack the concept of humanitarianism, beginning with what it means to be human and building on this in sequential stages.

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Stigma and migration

The collection of activities contained in this resource from the British Red Cross encourages children and young people to think critically about what makes us who we are, reflect on their assumptions about migration, and understand the harmful effects of stigmatising behaviour.

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Introducing Emergencies

This British Red Cross resource has a range of engaging activities and examples from around the world to help primary children understand what an emergency is, why and how to prepare, and how to stay safe.

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This teaching resource from the British Red Cross allows students aged 14-16 to explore issues of fairness and justice through the lens of international humanitarian law (IHL). It helps students see the bigger picture in conflict situations and approach controversial issues through different perspectives.

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British Red Cross Teacher Briefings

These free teacher briefings from the British Red Cross are short, easy-to-read overviews covering a range of challenging topics. They give the background, modern relevance and significance to students, plus lesson ideas and activities.

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British Red Cross Lesson Plans

The British Red Cross has a series of free lesson plans online based on stimulating videos, intriguing photos and challenging real-life situations. These are ideal for Citizenship, PSHE and beyond.

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A selection of starters, filler activities and homework exercises to stimulate students’ interest and add freshness to your teaching. They present real-life situations and ask pupils to explore what they would do at different points in the story.

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This free, regular email from the British Red Cross is an excellent resource for teachers wanting to include current affairs within their teaching. You can choose from a variety of content, which is ready to use and easily adaptable.

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These free downloadable assembly kits from the British Red Cross are suitable for use with upper primary and secondary aged pupils. They include include scripts, action projects and performance ideas, meeting teachers’ needs for imaginative and

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