the refugee crisis


As part of our #ImmersiveHumanties lesson resource series, we use Minecraft to create courses and resources for #TeachingTheToughStuff'! Designed to help teachers embrace subjects that are not readily tackled as part of the explicit curriculum but have an impact on student lives both in and out of school.  In this case, we have developed a Minecraft world to help students explore and understand what is being referred to as 'The Refugee Crisis'.  


In particular, key ideas that tackle attitudes that make these issues seem irrelevant or abstract to the learner:

  • 'It's them not us' 

  • 'It's happening over there'

  • 'Over there is different from here'

  • 'They don't have to come here'

  • 'They take our jobs'

The lessons have explicit links to The Convention of Human Rights, and The Rights of the Child, as well as tie ins to exploring the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

This resource is being launched in partnership with an incredible UK charity, Play for Progress, which works with unaccompanied Refugee children entering the UK.  Find out more about the design of these resources, and how you can use them as part of your curriculum here


The final product combines  a #Minecraft map (that invites learners to experience life as a refugee fleeing from war) with a #OneNote teacher guide embedded with tools such as #Flipgrid and #Forms to help with reflective feedback and provide opportunities for Student Voice to be heard.


The underlying theme for this map is 'In their Shoes', and focuses on decision-making under pressure, and the emotive, complex choices that people fleeing from war-torn homes, have to make.  Because of this there are many opportunities for working with studens to develop Social and Emotional Learning skills #SEL and we have updated this resource to include an #SEL framework to aid tracking as you move through the lessons.


Used in Sweden, Wales, France and the US already, this resource is proving to be a huge success for both students welcoming refugees in their communities, and those who hear about it through the media. The development of empathy is one of the core successes, as well as  it's ability to provide immersive, emotive experiences that learners otherwise find difficult to relate to. 

These resources are free for all educators to download.  We simply ask that you take a moment to consider supporting our Play for Progress campaign in return.