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Faces and Voices of Refugee Youth: A Curriculum Guide for Teachers and Counselors Grades K-6


Kelen, Joyce


Salt Lake City, UT: Salt Lake Education Foundation

Source Information (Journal Title, Date, Length)

n.d., 24 pages

Description of Resource

Guides elementary school teachers through curricula highlighting the issues surrounding refugees and immigrants using an award-winning documentary photography and oral history exhibition called Faces and Voices of Refugee Youth. This exhibit, originally displayed as part of the 2002 Cultural Olympiad in conjunction with the Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, recounts the struggles of over 1,800 youth refugee who resettled in Utah. The exhibit will reopen in 2009 at the Leonardo Museum's Center for Documentary Arts (CDA) in Salt Lake City. The curriculum contains three units of learning- People, Place, and Time- designed to explore the concept of human rights and to raise awareness and empathy toward the resettlement of refugees in the local community. The People unit offers exercises examining the definition of culture, refugee, acculturation, citizenship, human rights, conflict, and peacemaking. The Place unit uses maps to identify the native countries of the young refugees, to discuss the topic of migration, and to identify the reasons people are forced to flee their homes. The Time Unit discusses the idea of history, the impact of time and events on individuals and families, and predicts future changes in the lives of the young refugees. Appropriate activities for each learning unit encompass each grade level from kindergarten to sixth grade. The curriculum guide can be used in support of a visit to the exhibition or on its own, without ever personally viewing the exhibit. (IP)




This resource may be free from your local library or purchased from the publisher.