ISSN 1710-6931 March 4, 2005 Issue 42

Second Graders Learn About Being a Refugee

Kim Hollandsworth, RESPECT's International Volunteer e-Zine Coordinator, recently ran a classroom session for second graders using materials from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). She was delighted by the results. The children went from not knowing anything about refugees at the start of the session, to getting a sense of what it is like to be a refugee.

On the video, "To Be A Refugee," children have to make their own soccer ball out of a surgical glove and twine just so they have a toy to play with. The kids in the classroom were in awe at how the children created the soccer ball – or indeed, even the fact that they had to make their own toy! more>>

New RESPECT University Courses Take Off

New courses supplied by RESPECT University are now under way, and we hope the range and number of subjects will increase in the near future. English for Academic Purposes is a popular course, as is Business skills. There are also some more unusual courses starting, such as Music Technology, Song-writing, Statistics, and Journalism.

For tutors planning a course, the idea of working with individuals whose skills are unknown can be daunting; for that reason, the first assignments are always exploratory and open in style. Similarly, for students embarking on a RESPECT University course, they too have many questions to ask and many expectations to fulfill.

Progress can be slow at times. Not all students have access to the internet, so assignments are distributed, and returned to the tutor, via snail-mail, the postal service. more>>


Canadian Broadcasting Centre's Archives Website

Welcome to a new feature of RESPECT's e-Zine - the Teachers' Resource column. If you are a teacher who is interested in bringing the issue of refugees into your classroom, then this column will provide you with links to resources that are available, often over the internet. more>>


Computers Arrive At Mohomou Refugee School

Computers have arrived in Mohomou Refugee School! After some adventure, the fourteen computers funded by the community of Palo, Michigan under the leadership of Judy Huynh, are being installed as a computer resource centre for the use of hundreds of students at Mohomou Refugee School.

RESPECT Partners With Jane Goodall Institute

RESPECT International and Roots & Shoots, an environmental program of The Jane Goodall Institute intended for youth, is about to embark on a partnership that will see Roots & Shoots groups established in war-affected communities in RESPECT's network. Please contact Marc Schaeffer ( for more information.

As in any newsletter or magazine, RESPECT e-zine is committed to striving for interesting articles and announcements concerning refugee issues all around the world.

If you have any suggestions or would like to contribute an article, contact the e-Zine editor, Will Wallace at

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