Armed Conflict

This collection of teacher resources addresses armed conflict. The units highlight the story of a teenager from Sierra Leone named Martha, who shares how she copes with the aftermath of conflict in her country. The lesson plans, videos, multimedia, and stories in this collection illustrate the issues and challenges of armed conflict, as well as how children and communities are being supported.

Topic Materials

Units & Lesson Plans

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6-8
Armed Conflict: Full Unit - Grades 6-8
The lesson plans in this unit highlight the story of a teenager named Martha, from Sierra Leone, who shares how she copes with the aftermath of conflict in her country.
9-12
Armed Conflict: Full Unit - Grades 9-12
The lesson plans in this unit highlight the story of a teenager named Martha, from Sierra Leone, who shares how she copes with the aftermath of conflict in her country.
PK2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
How to Talk with Children in the Aftermath of Violence
When violent events occur, it is a natural inclination to want to protect children from the terrifying details as they unfold in the media. Yet in an age of pervasive communications technology, it is impossible to shield children – especially once...
PK2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Syria Global Citizenship Brief Standards Alignment
This document shows the Common Core and national professional organization standards satisfied by the lesson and activities in the Global Citizenship Brief “Syria: No Lost Generation.” Access the full brief at http://teachunicef.org/global-...
6-8
Syria Lesson Plan (grades 6-8)
In this lesson, middle school students learn about the plight of Syrian children through their reading and discussion of the Syria Student Magazine (grades 6-8)—found under the “Read” tab in the Armed Conflict topic—and how the Convention on the...
3-5
Syria Lessons Plan (grades 3-5)
In this lesson, upper elementary students learn about the plight of Syrian children through photo analysis, background reading, and a first-person account. They examine the response of the international community and consider actions they make take...
Activities

activities

9-12
Learn about UNICEF's interventions for complex emergency situations and armed conflict.
Learn about UNICEF's interventions for complex emergency situations and armed conflict.
6-8
Martha's Story 6-8
Learn about Martha, a girl from Sierra Leone affected by armed conflict. Accompanying reading comprehensions questions provided.
9-12
Martha's Story 9-12
Learn about Martha, a girl in Sierra Leone whose life has been affected by armed conflict. Accompanying reading comprehension questions provided.
6-8
Syria Data Analysis Activity
Students read a map infographic and round the number of Syrian refugees from five countries. In a word problem involving hypothetical cooperation between two destination countries for Syrian refugees, student then calculate the mean (average) and...
PK2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Syria School Fundraiser Poster
Use this poster in conjunction with our Syria School Fundraising page to promote your UNICEF school fundraiser for the children of the Syria.
6-8, 9-12
Armed Conflict Activity Sheet
This activity sheet examines the impact of armed conflict on children and looks at UNICEF's response. Students will have the opportunity to reflect on how they can take action to make the world a more peaceful place.
3-5, 6-8
Syria Videos Analysis Activity
This sheet provides links to 11 one-minute videos created by young Syrian child refugees about their lives in response to the theme “Our Now, Our Future.” After screening four or more for your class, follow up with any or all of the suggested...
Articles

articles

6-8, 9-12
L'histoire de Martha
Lisez à propos de Martha, une jeune fille de Sierra Leone touchée par les conflits armés.
6-8, 9-12
La Historia de Martha
Lea sobre Martha, una chica de Sierra Leona afectada por los conflictos armados.
9-12
Syria Background for Educators
Prepare for teaching about the Syrian crisis with this informative backgrounder.
3-5
Syria Student Magazine (grades 3-5)
This reader for upper elementary students explores current issues through informational texts, questions that promote critical thinking, photography from the field, and data analysis exercises involving maps, charts, and graphs. It was developed in...
6-8
Syria Student Magazine (grades 6-8)
This reader for middle school students explores current issues through informational texts, questions that promote critical thinking, photography from the field, and data analysis exercises involving maps, charts, and graphs. It was developed in...
6-8
UNICEF at Work in War Affected Countries
Read about UNICEF's work in the war affected countries of Afghanistan, Colombia, Lebanon and East Timor.
9-12
UNICEF Projects for Children Affected by Armed Conflict 9-12
Learn about UNICEF projects to help children affected by armed conflict in three countries: Colombia, Lebanon and East Timor.
6-8, 9-12
When Children are Put in Harm's Way
"Child Protection" is a facet of UNICEF's work that covers a wide array of issues. From child labor, to the demobilization of child soldiers and prevention of child trafficking, UNICEF is working to create safe havens for children.
Video

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9-12
Child Soldiers
This video, which contains some mature content, explains how child soldiers are witnesses and victims of violence. In the past two years, UNICEF and its partners have freed more than 20,000 children from this form of bondage.
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Desert Bloom by Marwa - Age 12
A girl picks and distributes flowers to residents of the refugee camp in which she lives because they are a symbol of life and hope. Student produced video from the Za’atari refugee camp, Syria-Jordan border, 2014.
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Don't Slip
Raghad demonstrates through "Don't Slip" that it is important to never give up during trying times and that in the end, you can only come out stronger. Student produced video from the Za’atari refugee camp, Syria-Jordan border, 2014.
PK2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Iraqi Peace Flag Video
This video shows a group of young Iraqis, who describe their visions of peace for their country and then depict them in a flag.
6-8, 9-12
L'histoire de Martha: Les Conflits Armés
Apprenez plus sur Martha, une adolescente de Sierra Léone, dont la famille a été touchée par les conflits armés.
6-8, 9-12
La Historia de Martha: Los Conflictos Armados
Check out new TeachUNICEF resources in both spanish and french! Conozca la historia de Martha, una joven de Sierra Leona, cuya familia se vio afectada por los conflictos armados.
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Looking to the Future by Mazoun - Age 16
A young resident of the camp interviews her peers about the last time they cried and smiled, and what they want to be in the future. Student produced video from the Za’atari refugee camp, Syria-Jordan border, 2014.
6-8, 9-12
Martha's Story: Armed Conflict
Learn about Martha, a teenager from Sierra Leone whose family was affected by armed conflict.
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Necessity is the Mother of Invention by Oday - Age 13
With only a polluted pool of water nearby, boys in a refugee camp use their imagination to create an imaginary sea – and then dive in. Student produced video from the Za’atari refugee camp, Syria-Jordan border, 2014.
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
No Lost Generation
With each passing day of the continuing conflict in Syria, more and more children fear their future may be fading away.
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
No Lost Generation - Spanish
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Past, Present, Future by Majid - Age 14
A boy reflects on how his life has changed as a result of the war by reflecting on images from his past, his present, and what he hopes to become in the future. Student produced video from the Za’atari refugee camp, Syria-Jordan border, 2014.
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Stoning NGOs by Mohammed - Age 15
The filmmaker explores the angry reaction by some residents of his refugee camp to NGOs, who are not always able to help all of the people who need it. Student produced video from the Za’atari refugee camp, Syria-Jordan border, 2014.
6-8, 9-12
Supporting Children Displaced by Armed Conflict in Mali
UNICEF is supporting children and their families in the Mopti region of Mali, who have been displaced by violence. Among providing chidren with continued access to eduation, UNICEF is also educating children about the dangers of unexploded ordnance...
6-8, 9-12
Supporting Former Child Soldiers in DR Congo
Watch a video about how UNICEF is supporting former child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Syria My Love by Rane - Age 16
This video is a love letter to the filmmaker’s homeland of Syria, which he symbolically sends off by courier at the end. Syria My Love: Student produced video from the Za’atari refugee camp, Syria-Jordan border, 2014.
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
The End of Childhood by Omaima - Age 12
In a fairy-tale style, the filmmaker tells the story of how a young girl participated in youth empowerment activities in her refugee camp in order to move past the effects of war on her life. The End of Childhood: Student produced video from the...
6-8, 9-12
UNICEF's Community Health Services
Watch a video about how UNICEF supports efforts to improve child survival, and the improvement of maternal health.
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Working in the Camp by Mohammed - Age 17
This film tells the story of a child who risks his safety by transporting goods outside of camp to make a little money to support his family. Student produced video from the Za’atari refugee camp, Syria-Jordan border, 2014.
6-8, 9-12
L'histoire de Martha: Les Conflits Armés
Apprenez plus sur Martha, une adolescente de Sierra Léone, dont la famille a été touchée par les conflits armés.
6-8, 9-12
La Historia de Martha: Los Conflictos Armados
Check out new TeachUNICEF resources in both spanish and french! Conozca la historia de Martha, una joven de Sierra Leona, cuya familia se vio afectada por los conflictos armados.
6-8, 9-12
Soutenir les anciens enfants soldats en République Démocratique du Congo
Regarder une vidéo sur la façon dont l'UNICEF apporte son soutien aux anciens enfants soldats en République Démocratique du Congo.
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Beautiful Apple Tree by Ghaida - Age 16
There’s not much actual vegetation in Za’atari Refugee Camp, so a girl paints an apple tree on the side of a tent. Student produced video from the Za’atari refugee camp, Syria-Jordan border, 2014.
Audio

audio

6-8, 9-12
"Bush schools" help children access education in Central African Republic
Children affected by armed conflict have new opportunities to access education after the opening of “bush schools”.
6-8, 9-12
Activism for change: A conversation with Nobel Laureate Jody Williams
In a recent conversation with UN and UNICEF Radio moderator Amy Costello, activist Jody Williams talked about her leading role in the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), and about leading a women’s peace delegation to the Middle East....
6-8, 9-12
New Beginnings for Former Child Combatants
UNICEF Representative in Nepal Gillian Mellsop talks about the transition ahead as former Maoist army child soldiers rejoin civilian life.

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