The Little Amal puppet holding a rainbow-coloured heart-shaped balloon.

Teaching about Refugees

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 12 October 2021 > Webpicks

The Walk with Little Amal project aims to raise awareness of the plight of refugees and particularly refugee children. As Amal makes an 8,000 km journey across Europe on foot, the project hopes to help other children think about the issue, and they've provided lots of educational tools to help teachers explore the topic in class. 

You can read more about the giant Little Amal puppet and her stops in France in our article.

The Walk with Amal site has a teaching pack for classes, available in English and also in French. The beautifully designed pack has activities encouraging pupils to think about what home means to them, which objects are most important to them, create family trees or look into the meanings behind names. There's a scrapbook page about Amal for them to read and reproduce about themselves. A section on migration starts out with migratory animals before moving on to human migration and the push and pull factors associated with it.

There's lots of poetry in the pack, like this poem by Warsan Shire,  who had to flee Somalia.

No one leaves home unless home
is the mouth of a shark.
You only run for the border
when you see the whole city
running as well. …
No one would leave home unless home
chased you to the shore.
No one would leave home until
home is a voice in your ear saying -
leave, run, now.
I don’t know what I’ve become.

There's a whole section on facing fears and another on climate change as a push factor for refugees with examples of young climate activists. And the pack closes on a section on adventure.