Help students understand how the United States’ complex asylum process works. Invite them to consider the question, who has an obligation to asylum seekers?
The Kurds are the largest ethnic group in the world without a state, and they often play important roles in politics and conflicts in the Middle East. This Teaching Idea helps students answer questions like “Who are the Kurds and why are they divided among so many countries in the Middle East?”
"The movement to end war and mass atrocities spans centuries, peoples, and ideologies" I became interested in international criminal law and genocide prevention through Facing History and Ourselves’ founder Margot Stern Strom, for whom I interned during my gap year between high school and college. Margot introduced me to the thoughts of Benjamin Ferencz, the only surviving prosecutor of the Nuremberg Trials. As I read through Ben’s articles and books, I internalized his call to action. Margot and Ben’s approach to the world resonated with my heart, my deepest sense of human dignity, and my own moral reasoning as to how we must learn to get along with each other as one human community.
Explore ways to bring World Refugee Day, observed each year on June 20, to the classroom, including new multimedia resources, strategies for understanding key terms and laws, and approaches to sparking reflection and discussion.