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World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day is a day to honour refugees around the world. It falls each year on 20 June and celebrates the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution. World Refugee Day is an opportunity to build empathy and understanding for their plight and to recognise their resilience in rebuilding their lives. Recognition is amplified through World Refugee Week.

Activity Options

Write a Letter

Explain to students the journey and experience of a refugee and then ask them to write a letter to a refugee child. What would they say to them? How would they speak to them?

Read and Share Stories

Read stories of real-life refugees to your students. If you have a local community member who is a refugee, invite them to speak and share their story with your students. Invite students to ask questions so they gain a better understanding.

Talking Points
  • Why might someone need to seek protection from another country as a refugee?

  • What is the difference between a migrant and a refugee?

  • Why is Australia a better place for a refugee?


There are plenty of tools and ideas to help your students get involved in World Refugee Day., including useful and engaging resources, promotional kits and lesson plan ideas. Click below to access them.

Presenting your Aussie of the Month on World Refugee Day

To recognise World Refugee Day, you could invite a local refugee who is active in the community and can share their personal story.

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