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Resources for teaching about refugees & migration


Resources for teaching about refugees, asylum seekers and migration available from the Languages and Multicultural Resource Centre and online.

Teacher Reference


See website list below for sites which include teacher resources and activities for students

Crosbie, S. & Squires, A. (2003) War & Refugees. World Vision Australia, Burwood, Vic. A Social Studies resource folder for Year 3 to 12 students that explores the nature of conflict and its impact on children, their families and communities. Includes teacher notes, links to the curriculum in each Australian state, “Long Way Home” video script, class activity pages, colour visuals.

Rutter, J. (2004) Refugees: we left because we had to. A citizenship teaching resource for 11-18 year olds. Refugee Council, London. This text includes lesson ideas and activities that have been tried and tested in the classroom and each chapter contains photographs, drawings, maps and games to bring the subject alive for students. Middle years

Readers

Fiction and non-fiction readers at various levels are available on themes of migration & refugees to Australia (Macmilan) and climate change refugees (Nelson Cengage Fast Forward)


Journeys series from OUP with Australian Multicultural Foundation and the Immigration Museum. A series of beginning level English readers around the theme of journeys. Each title has an accompanying teaching version with prompts and questions for each page. Many of the stories tell of an individual’s migration experience or aspects of the cultural origins and customs they have brought to Australia. The readers employ different text types including recount and include some traditional tales. The readers feature contemporary individuals and families.
Information books

Bowen T (2002) On the map: stories of people seeking refuge in Australia. Trician Bowen, Fitzroy, Vic. A compilation of stories written by refugees in Australia, from old and young people, representing Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, Kosovo and East Timor. Middle Years


Dalton D (2006) Refugees and asylum seekers. People on the Move series. Heinemann, Oxford, U.K. This text explores the movements and migrations of people. The push and pull factors that affect the decision to move are explained, while “consider this” boxes prompt the reader to think around the topic and form their own opinions. Middle Years
Dummett M (2001) On immigration and refugees. Thinking In Action series. Routledge, London. This text examines some fundamental issues concerning immigration and refugees which are discussed with reference to the policies and statutes laid down by the Geneva Convention. Middle years

Kilner J (2003) Australia and the Refugee/Asylum Seeker Issue. The Age Education Unit, Melbourne, Vic. An education text that explores the refugee, asylum seeker and population issues in an Australian context. Middle/later years


It happened to me: refugee. (2005) Franklin Watts, London. Young adults tell their own very different stories in a series of interviews. Upper middle years/later years
Jupp J (2002) From White Australia to Woomera: the story of Australian immigration. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. This text provides an indepth coverage of the issue of refugees and asylum seekers. This book also presents a survey of the changes in government policy over the last thirty years since the seismic shift away from the White Australia Policy and outlines broadly the history of Australian immigration. Middle Years
Levete,S. (2005) Talking about being an immigrant. Franklin Watts, London. This book explains why someone may move to live permanently in another country and discusses ways to overcome the challenges of being an immigrant. Middle years
A new life for refugees: Australia’s Humanitarian Program: a resource for schools. (2005) Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, Canberra. An education resource, designed for primary school pupils and their teachers that tell the story of refugee resettlement in Australia. Middle years
Markus, A. (Ed.) (2001) Building a new community: immigration and the Victorian economy. Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest, NSW. This text celebrates the contribution immigrants have made to the development of Victoria. It includes an overview of immigration since Federation, the various groups who came, the difficulties they faced, the work they undertook, the businesses they formed. Includes both historical and contemporary photographs. Middle years.

Mulvany, C. (2003) We came to Australia looking for… series. Macmillan Education Australia, South Yarra, Vic. Presents first hand accounts by children who have recently come to Australia. Middle years

O’Kane, M. (2003) Refugee and asylum seeker issues in Australia. Brotherhood of St. Laurence, Fitzroy, Vic. This book submits accurate and credible information in addressing questions about refugees and asylum seekers. Middle Years/Later Years
Perini, J.(2003) Refugees. Watts, Alexandria, NSW. Australia Focus on Issues series. Includes recent information on the movement of refugees around the world. Provides an historical perspective on the reasons why refugees have travelled to Australia and defines what it means to be a “displaced person”, “asylum seeker” and “illegal non-citizen”. Upper middle years.
Reed, M., Dunell, L., & McNicol, C. (2002) People of concern, refugees and asylum seekers: a global issue. Youth and Multicultural Affairs Department, Australian Red Cross, Melbourne, Vic. Middle years
Refugee women. (2002) UNHCR, Lyons, ACT. This text brings together inspirational stories of refugee women around the world. Middle years
Senker, C. (2004) Immigrants and refugees. Arcturus, London. Twenty-First Century Citizen series. The experience of both immigrants and refugess is examined along with the impact they have on their new countries. This book gives an up-to-date, global perspective on the subject and explores how society can become more tolerant and accepting of immigrants. Middle years

Shiels, J. (Ed.) (2004). Cooking stories. Immigration Museum, Melbourne, Vic. This book captures an exhibition that was based around the preparation of meals and their associated stories told by refugees to Australia. From this perspective, we are given a different viewpoint on life, culture, identity and the importance of food. Middle years

The State of the world’s refugees: human displacement in the new millennium. (2006) Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. Produced by the UNHCR, this text provides an overview of key recent developments related to internal and cross-border displacement of people throughout the world. Middle/Later years
Travers, C. (2002) Refugee like me. Purple Pictures, Sydney. A book based on interviews undertaken during her television documentary of the same name. Brought together are the inspirational stories of refugees who, having had to flee their countries of origin, have made Australia their home.Teachers notes and DVD Middle years
Walker, Robert (2010) Pushes and pulls: why do people migrate?, Crabtree publishing, Canada

Part of the series Investigating human migration and settlement series. Migration history for years 7-10 level, illustrated with real life individual ‘journey’ stories. Includes contemporary issues with ideas for discussion, glossary and recommended websites. Other titles in series include Migration in the 21st century and Hopes, needs, rights and laws. Middle years


World Vision (2010) Get connected- Issue 8 Migration: people on the move

A magazine style resource for teachers and students using case studies, statistics and essays to provide content for students to respond to. Activity prompts require students to write, create tv programs, make posters, and do research.

Zephaniah, B. (2001) Refugee boy. Bloomsbury, London. Alem is on holiday with his father for a few days in London. He has never been out of Ethiopia before and is very excited, until the unthinkable happens - his father leaves him. His parents are afraid for Alem's life because of the political problems in Ethiopia, and believe he will be safer in London, even on his own. Alem is now in the hands of the social services and the refugee council, trying to survive in an unfamiliar culture, and living from letter to letter waiting to hear news of his parents. Later middle years.

DVDs


Fiction films and documentaries (teacher notes available for most DVDs)

A sense of place (2007)

Four Vietnamese Australians reveal their stories of flight from Vietnam and settlement in Australia. The search for identity and a place in Australian society is the common thread that binds each story. Documentary includes interviews and archival footage.


Australia’s Refugee Dilemma (2002)

This film investigates what it means to be a refugee, why people become refugees, people smuggling and what happens to people who come to Australia, claiming to be refugees. (Documentary) (video) Later Middle Years


Destination Australia (2010?) http://www.sbs.com.au/documentary/program/destination-australia---a-family-divided

‘Olivia was a broadcast journalist in Sierra Leone before and during the civil war. These days Olivia works as an aged care worker at The Glenara Lakes Aged Care facility in Launceston. Three of her brothers are still humanitarian refugees in Ghana and Guinea, having been rejected by Australian immigration at the time the others came.’ Full episodes available from the SBS website. Later middle years /Later years


Hotel Rwanda (2004) DVD

The true-life story of Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against Hutu militia in Rwanda. Quite harrowing. Later years/Teachers.

I’ll call Australia home (2008)

The lives of two families from Burma and Sudan are documented over 6 months as they make the difficult adjustment to living in a new country. We see the process of reuniting family members separated by the war in Sudan and the life the Karen family lived in the refugee camps on the border of Thailand and Burma.

In Detention: Locking up Asylum Seekers (2004)

This program looks at the recent turmoil for Australian asylum seekers. It includes first-hand interviews with a range of government representatives, refugee advocates and others closely affiliated with International Affairs. We hear about life within detention centres and different views on the actions of the Australian government. (Documentary) (Video) Later middle years


Letters to Ali (2004)

Directed by Clara Law, this is the story of a 15-year old Afghan boy who is seeking asylum in Australia, and about the Australian family who befriend him. (Documentary) (DVD) Middle years/Later years


The Lost Boys of Sudan (2003)

A feature-length film that follows two Sudanese refugees on an extraordinary journey from Africa to America. (Documentary) Upper middle/later years. (DVD)


Osama (2004)

Inspired by a true story, a tale which centres on three generations of women, deeply affected by the advent of the Taliban’s rule in their land, Afghanistan. (DVD) Middle years/later years


Peace is possible in Darfur (2010)

Follows the stories of several local families who were refugees from Sudan. The documentary includes interviews with refugee advocates, academics and uses news footage to explain the reasons why so many families and individuals were displaced and under threat. Later middle years/Later years

Refugee Like Me (2002)

A documentary by Carmel Travers that tells the story of six refugees who have made Australia their home. The stories take us on the journey that every refugee travels. They speak of the fear, urgency and pain of departure, the uncertainty and poverty of homelessness and the formidable task of re-settlement. (Documentary) Video Middle Years

Refugees: far from home (2001)

This film examines what it is like to be a refugee, why people become refugees and what we as a community can do about it. Suitable for Years 5 to 6, students will learn how to analyse their own and others values and gain some understanding about the values of a socially just society. (Video) Middle years


Tampa and Beyond (2002)

Covers Tampa incident, the establishment of off-shore detention centres, and the re-election of the Howard Government. Later middle years/Later years



The Island of Skog (Teaching tolerance)

An animated story about a group of mice who flee when they come under threat from a large and menacing cat. The mice (called the Rowdies) set off in a boat to what they think is an uninhabited island. The resident of Skog is afraid and hostile towards the newcomers. The conflict is eventually resolved to the satisfaction of all. Early years to 2.



Turtles can Fly (2005)

Written and directed by Kurdish Iranian filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi. Life in a Kurdish refugee camp on the border of Iraq and Turkey is seen through the experiences of several children/young adults just prior to the invasion of Iraq by US forces. The dangerous conditions in Iraq for Kurds under Saddam Hussein is highlighted.



Later years

Welcome to Kakuma (2002)

Filmed in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya. This video provides an overview of conditions in the camp, introduces some of the refugee families currently living there and the NGOs who provide services to the camp inhabitants. The film includes a section which focuses particularly on the high degree of risk faced by women and girls in the camp. This video is an ideal teaching tool for secondary, tertiary students and the teaching community. Later middle years/Later years

We will be remembered for this (2007)

Film documentation of a trip by a group of young people in 2006 to the Baxter Immigration detention centre in South Australia. The young people are challenged by the stories they here from the people detained. Film includes interviews with Julian Burnside (prominent advocate for refugees), Malcolm Fraser (former PM) a former detention centre officer and candid interviews on the street with the general public.


Youth producing change (2010)

Winning DVDs produced by young people for the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Including a moving documentary about a family devastated by forced separation. When the parents of 3 young children are deported back to Mexico the children are left to fend for themselves and fight for the family to be reunited.


Websites
DEECD

Multicultural Education Unit



http://www.education.vic.gov.au/studentlearning/programs/multicultural/default.htm
Amnesty International Australia – Refugees and Human Rights

http://action.amnesty.org.au/refugees

http://www.rethinkrefugees.com.au/?gclid=CKyE1Y7Bg6YCFYtspAod7zepoA
Australian Government Immigration site

www.immi.gov.au

Provides information about Australia’s contribution to the international refugee and humanitarian program, visas and advice to asylum seekers and migrants.


The Road to Refuge, BBC. This website ‘tells the stories behind the statistics, using first person

testimonies and in-depth interviews to trace the journey from home into exile. It asks

why refugees are still fleeing, where they go, and examines how we treat them’. Includes

images of refugees from WWII onwards.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/static/in_depth/world/2001/road_to_refuge/default.stm


Global Education

http://www.globaleducation.edna.edu.au

Teacher resources supporting the integration of a global perspectives across the curriculum.


Immigration Museum

http://museumvictoria.com.au/ImmigrationMuseum

Interactive database of refugee and migration information. Students can build their own statistics of migration to Australia choosing period and country of origin, including beliefs, work status, age etc. The site also provides digital stories, information about programs and structured enquiry based learning activities.


Integration: building inclusive societies IBIS

http://www.unaoc.org/communities/migrationintegration/about/

A joint project between Turkey and Spain under the auspices of the UN. This site aims to provide information to counter discrimination and negative attitudes towards migrants and refugees. .


International Organization for Migration

‘IOM works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, be they refugees, displaced persons or other uprooted people.’ Detailed information on the causes and effects of migration, includes videos, speeches, photo stories, statistics. www.iom.int Upper middle,later years and teacher resource.


Migration heritage NSW

Digital stories from migrants and refugees, class activities and teacher’s notes. Although based in NSW the centre offers information, stories and activities that are relevant for all students.



http://www.migrationheritage.nsw.gov.au/homepage
Oxfam Australia

http://www.oxfam.org.au/explore/conflict-and-natural-disasters/refugees


http://www.oxfam.org.au/refugee/public/resources/links.php

Video clips, , stories and blogs, photo stories, links to other useful websites

Online games(see Games for change) http://www.gamesforchange.org/

Against all odds (an animated simulation game for 14+ yr olds –people forced to leave home, their journey and resettlement http://www.playagainstallodds.com/


Refugee Council of Australia

www.refugeecouncil.org.au

Refugee week activities, media releases, information about refugees including dispelling myths and stereotypes.


Refugee Week Advocacy Kit

http://www.refugeecouncil.org.au/resources/advocacykit.html
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees - UNHCR

www.unhcr.org.au

International migration and development division of UN



www.un.org/esa/population/migration

UNHCR

Includes section for teachers outlining lesson plans secondary school level age range.



www.unhcr.ch

UNHCR Regional Asylum Systems (Aus, NZ, Papua New Guinea & the South Pacific) http://www.unhcr.org.au/regasylum.shtml

Information on the regional position in regard to the refugee convention and the status of refugees in our region. Includes information on settlement quotas, provides fact sheets on resettlement from various countries.

UNHCR – The UN Refugee agency

A searchable website with many useful resources and a great source of information and statistics regarding refugees and the international response. The Refworld database contains thousands of recent articles regarding refugee issues as well reports on the human rights situation in many countries. As well as providing background information for teachers the site provides great research opportunities for late middle to senior secondary students. http://www.unhcr.org/cgi-bin/texis/vtx/home

Victorian Multicultural Commission VMC

Background information on Victorian/Australian population and migration including census statistics, education kits, grants and community events. http://www.multicultural.vic.gov.au/



Fiction
Picture books (Most of the picture books are suitable for years 2-5, some are suitable for P-12)

Cha, Dia. (1996) Dia’s Story Cloth: The Hmong People’s Journey of Freedom, Lee & Low, New York. Illustrated with traditional Hmong story cloth embroidered scenes tells the story of the flight of the Hmong people from war torn Laos.

Edwards, Hazel. (1990) Boat Boy, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Marrickville.

A young boy recounts his experience of fleeing Vietnam and the terrifying swim through water in the dark to safety. Consequently, the boy has a fear of swimming which impacts on his ability to join in activities at school in Australia.


Garland, Sherry (1993 ) The Lotus seed, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, San Diego.

A young girl forced to leave Vietnam takes a lotus seed with her to remind her of her home. The seed is planted in the new country symbolising the new life.

Greder, Armin (2007) The Island, Allen and Unwin, Crows Nest

A lone man is washed up on the shores of a remote and fortress like island. The Islanders’ response to the stranger is at first grudgingly accommodating, though not kind. Soon the irrational fear of the stranger/other drives the islanders to forcibly evict the man from the island. The black and white illustrations symbolically and vividly depict the treatment of some refugees. (Complex enough to be suitable for secondary level)

Hathorn, Libby (2002) The Wishing Cupboard, Lothian, South Melbourne.

A grandmother relates stories about her family; migration to Australia from Vietnam and longing for relatives back in Vietnam. Treasured objects in the grandmother’s cupboard evoke memories of Vietnam.


Hoffman, Mary (2002 ) The Colour of home, Frances Lincoln, London

A little boy from Somalia reveals through paintings in class some of his traumatic experiences of war and fleeing with his family to settle in England -so cold and grey compared to the colour of home. A moving and hopeful story.


Lofthouse, Liz (2007) Ziba came on a boat, Penguin, Camberwell.

The author was inspired by stories told to her by people from the Hazara community in Australia who are refugees from Afghanistan. Ziba is a story of a young girl and her mother escaping by boat to Australia.


Miller, David (2003) Refugees. Lothian, Melbourne.

A story of the two ducks who must find a new home when their swamp is drained. Mirroring the human refugee experience, their journey exposes them to danger and rejection before they find a new home. Exquisite illustrations are reproductions of three-dimensional paper sculptures.


Park, Frances (1998) My Freedom trip: a child’s escape from North Korea

A fictionalised biography telling the story of a young girl fleeing from North Korea, to freedom in South Korea.

Riggio, A, Shea PD (1995) The whispering cloth : a refugee's story, Boyds Mills, Philadelphia. About the Hmong people driven out of Laos for supporting the US during the Vietnam war. Set in Ban Vinai a refugee camp near Chaing Khan, Thaliland which was closed in 1995 resulting in the forced exile of thousands of refugees from Laos. Told as a story within a story, young Mai is taught the traditions of making a pa’ndau (traditional Hmong embroidered stories on cloth) and becoming more skilled wants to be able to tell her own story. Grandma helps Mai to relate her own story and that of her parents who were killed by soldiers, forcing Mai to flee with her grandmother.

Robinson A, Allan J (2009) Hamzat’s journey: a refugee diary, Frances Lincoln UK.

A story in diary form re telling the experiences of Hamzat who was injured by a landmine during the Russian occupation of Chechnya. Background in given to the conflict between Russia and Chechnya, the war and occupation, and the effects on Hamzat’s family. With the help of an aid organisation Hamzat goes to London to receive an artificial leg and eventually settles with his family there. Also in the same series (Refugee diaries) Meltem’s journey about a young Kurdish girl’s experience as a refugee.
Say, Allen. (1993) Grandfather’s Journey, Houghton Mifflin, Boston. See below. The parents migration story is told and the return to Japan. (also available as animation on DVD)
Say, Allen. (1999) Tea with milk, Houghton Mifflin, Boston. A migration story with a twist –the reverse migration of a young woman and her family back to her parents homeland –Japan. The young woman misses life and friends in America and struggles to find a place in Japan until she meets a young man in a similar position. The notion of home and belonging is explored.

Tan, S (2006) The Arrival, Allen & Unwin, Melbourne. A refugee story told through pictures. Told through symbol and visual narrative this wordless picture book is about, persecution, a journey and resettlement in a strange new land. The book is suitable for 2-12 as the narrative and illustrations contain complexity yet remain approachable, and the reader can readily identify with the experiences of the migrant/refugee. In Shaun Tan’s usual style: the familiar and unfamiliar, and fantasy and reality are combined, provoking feelings and understandings on different levels.

Williams, Karen Lynn (2007) Four feet, two sandals, Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, Michigan

Two girls living in a refugee camp in Kenya have calloused and worn feet from not wearing shoes for a long time, then each of them find one sandal of a pair. The girls resolve to take turns wearing the sandals. The story illustrates the hardships but also the resilience of refugees as they await acceptance to a new country.


Williams, Mary (2005) Brothers in hope : the story of the Lost Boys of Sudan, Lee & Low Books, New York.

Thousands of orphaned boys fled Sudan’s civil war and forced military service by walking over 3,000 kilometres to Camp Kakuma in Kenya. This picture book is aimed at the primary level and therefore while speaking of the extreme difficulties faced by the boys is appropriately modified for the audience level. The boys’ strength and persistence through adversity is the overwhelming message of the book. Middle years
Chapter books, novels and biography
Do, Anh (2010) The Happiest Refugee,

The family history of the comedian Anh Do including his parents life in Vietnam and their dangerous and desperate journey with Anh Do and his younger brother Khoah across the seas to Australia. Anh Do’s accounts of the circumstances around the family leaving Vietnam, the journey, the settlement process and eventual success in Australia is moving, sad and frightening but is told with extraordinary humour and humanity.Later years/teachers

Evans, Alwyn (2004) Walk in my shoes

A powerful YA novel about a family fleeing war torn Afghanistan who find themselves in detention in Australia.


Middle/later years
Gleeson, Libby (2008) Mahtab’s story

A family flees from persecution in Afghanistan and embarks on a dangerous and difficult journey to Australia. Told through the perspective a young girl (Mahtab).Middle years


Heinrich, Sally (2007) Hungry ghosts. Hachette. Singapore/Australia

Sarah, newly arrived from Singapore, is not really enjoying the family’s new life in Australia but she is happy enough to get on with things as long as she is left alone to study and enjoy her new found love of swimming. But

when she eats a yam cake, part of an offering during the Festival of the Hungry Ghosts, the angry ghost Pei

enters her life and changes everything. Until Pei came along, Sarah was impatient with ‘stupid Chinese

superstitions’. Indeed, as the narrator of this story she is subdued and almost pedantic, reflecting her matter-of factand orderly character. That she is the one with ‘Yin eyes’ who can see and talk to ghosts is enjoyably ironic.

Middle Years: yrs 4-6
Jolley, Jane (2006) Ali the bold heart

Based on a true story about a refugee from Iran with magical abilities who finds himself in a detention centre in Australia. Middle years 4-6

Li Cunxin (2003) Mao’s last dancer, Penguin. China

The autobiography of Cunxin Li (now an Australian citizen) is available in young adult and adult editions as well as an audio CD version and feature film (DVD) Li Cunxin is chosen among many other young school boys from remote villages to leave home and join an elite dancing academy. The journey from isolated and poor but loving family to strict and rigidly controlled institution is portrayed movingly. Li Cunxin conveys the disorientation and difficulty of being transplanted to a very different culture with honesty and his defection (with terrible personal ramifications) to that country and eventual migration to Australia are also described.

Mares, S., & Newman, L. (Eds.) (2007) Acting from the heart: Australian advocates for asylum seekers tell their stories. Finch, Sydney. This text presents the reflections of 50 people who have been moved in recent times to act in support of asylum seekers and refugees. The book represents a powerful contribution to the ongoing debate in Australia about the ethics of our nation and the politics of institutionalised inhumanity worldwide. Upper middle years/Later years/teacher resource
Mazari Najaf & Hillman, Robert (2008) The Rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharif, Insight Publications, Elsternwick

An account of the incredible journey of Najaf Mazari from village life in Afghanistan to escaping torture and possible death at the hands of the Taliban to the desperate flight out of Afghanistan and eventually to Australia. Najaf relates his experiences in detention in Australia and other tribulations then eventual success as a rug shop owner, author and speaker. Teacher / Later years
Rippin, Sally (2009) Just one wish, Penguin (Aussie Chomps readers)

Little Pumpkin negotiates life at a new school in Australia with the help of a sympathetic teacher and a magical

wish pouch given to her by her Nai Nai (grandmother). Settling in is made harder by the strange behaviour of

her cousin Betty who has lived with her family in Australia for a few years.. The story allows insight into the

family’s reasons for migrating and the stresses experienced by the whole family as they attempt to fulfil their

aspirations. Yrs 1-3

Starke, Ruth. (2008)Noodle Pie, Scholastic, S.A

Andy thinks his Dad’s behaviour in Vietnam is odd. Father and son are visiting Dad’s family in Hanoi, bringing masses of gifts as is expected from ‘Viet Kieu’, Vietnamese who live overseas (most of whom left Vietnam as refugees).Indeed a lot is expected of them and Andy is increasingly irritated by the apparent greed, rudeness and even ruthlessness of the people of Hanoi— and his own family. Visitors, it seems to Andy, are seen as sources of money, not welcomed as guests, and he compares behaviour with what is expected at home in Australia. Yrs 4-8

St John, Warren (2009) Outcasts united: a refugee team, an American town, Fourth Estate, London

A true-life story of a group of young refugees brought together to play soccer by a charismatic coach and their effect on the rural town in America in which they live. Teachers/ Later years


Sunderland, A. (2006) Refugee: the diary of Ali Ismail: Woomera, 2001-2002. Scholastic Australia, Lindfield, NSW. From “My Australian Story” series, this book tells the story of a refugee fleeing persecution in Afghanistan. After arriving in Australia by boat, he is taken to a detention centre in the Australian outback where he spends twelve months of hardship and despair. His journey to Australia is fraught with sadness and with only a few glimpses of the freedom, he expected to find upon his arrival. Middle years
Many fiction and non-fiction books, DVDs, posters, music CDs, games and websites other than those on this list are available for Early, Middle and Later years about refugees, asylum seekers and migration and related topics such as human rights, multiculturalism and global citizenship. LMERC also holds many resources (and can advise you about online ones) on individual countries or regions from the perspectives of geography, environment, culture (including arts, crafts and music) maths, values and beliefs. Please contact LMERC for more information.

The Languages and Multicultural Education Resources Centre (LMERC) is a specialist support centre for schools in the following areas: Languages other than English (LOTE),English as a Second Language (ESL), Multicultural Education, Studies of Asia, Civics and Citizenship, Human Rights, Global Education, Values and related areas. LMERC library membership is available to Victorian teachers from school sectors, after hours ethnic schools and staff and students from tertiary education faculties. To become a member of the LMERC library, visit the library, complete an application form

and receive a library borrower’s card for immediate use. Non-metropolitan teachers can complete their application form over the telephone. Resources can be posted to schools in regional areas.

LMERC is located at 150 Palmerston Street, Carlton 3053

(03) 9349 1418 and fax (03) 9349 1295

Email:lmerc.library@edumail.vic.gov.au

Website:http://www.education.vic.gov.au/studentlearning/programs/lmerc/

Catalogue: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/studentlearning/programs/lmerc/catalogue.htm
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