This resource was created to supplement Global Classroom's Annual World Citizen Essay Contest,
From natural disasters and climate change to conflict and lack of resources, men, women, and children worldwide have been forced to flee from their homes and countries in search of safety, resources, and economic opportunity. According to the United Nations (UN), the number of refugees around the world has doubled over the past 10 years, and at the end of 2020, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimated a total of 82.4 million displaced persons globally. In 2021, we continued to see an increase in the number of displaced persons across the globe with countries including Lebanon, Syria, Haiti, Afghanistan, Venezuela, and more experiencing climate-, natural-, and human-made disasters.
This resource guide supports parents and educators in empowering youth to raise their voices on global current events and issues important to them. The guide introduces the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and provides access to tools and resources reflecting this year's prompt centering the origins and impacts of the mass displacement of peoples around the world.