Emergencies

Many children face danger after a natural disaster or an emergency. The teacher resources in this collection raise students' awareness about both natural and war-related emergencies, the ensuing humanitarian response and other areas of UNICEF's emergency response.

Topic Materials

Units & Lesson Plans

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3-5
Global Citizenship Brief Philippines: Lesson Plan (Grades 3-5)
Through discussion, reading, and video, students will discover that climate change has a significant impact on real people's lives, especially those of children. Students will read about and discuss an extreme weather event partially resulting from...
6-8
Global Citizenship Brief Philippines: Lesson Plan (Grades 6-8)
Through experiential exercises, readings, and videos, students will discover that climate change has a significant impact on real people’s lives, especially children’s. Students will read about and discuss an extreme weather event partially...
PK2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Help Children in the Philippines
Learn how UNICEF is helping children in the Philippines and how you can show your support.
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...
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Philippines 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 “Philippines: Building Back Better.” Access the full brief at http://teachunicef.org/global-...
6-8, 9-12
UNICEF in Emergencies: School-in-a-Box Kit
Read about UNICEF's School-in-a-Box kit, which provides educational resources for up to 80 students during emergencies.
9-12
When Disaster Strikes: Humanitarian Response (9-12)
This UNICEF Canada resource provides an overview about humanitarian emergencies.
PK2, 3-5, 6-8
When Disaster Strikes: Humanitarian Response (K-8)
This UNICEF Canada resource provides an overview about humanitarian emergencies
Activities

activities

6-8, 9-12
Activity Sheet: Horn of Africa Drought
This activity sheet, deveoped by UNICEF Australia, utilizes real-life stories from children affected by the Horn of Africa Drought, in order to provide students with more information about the emergency and about how UNICEF and its partners are...
PK2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Ebola School Fundraising Poster
Use this poster to inform your school community about Ebola and publicize your UNICEF fundraiser for Ebola.
PK2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Generic Fundraising Poster
Want to help children in emergencies? Use this versatile Fundraising Poster to save and improve children's lives when an emergency strikes.
6-8, 9-12
Global Citizenship Brief Philippines: Building Back Better Magazine (Ambassador Edition)
The Philippines survived Super Typhoon Haiyan but faces an uncertain future. Instead of just rebuilding, they're preparing to weather the next storm.
3-5, 6-8
Global Citizenship Brief Philippines: Building Back Better Magazine (Diplomat Edition)
Build up the analytical and critical thinking skills you and your students need to navigate and succeed in our ever-changing world through our Data Analysis Activity on climate change and its effect on weather-related events like Super Typhoon...
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Global Citizenship Brief Philippines: Video Analysis Activity
Immerse yourself in the stories of two courageous Filipino boys through rich multimedia and engaging discussion and writing prompts.
PK2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Haiyan School Fundraiser Poster
Use this poster in conjunction with our Typhoon Haiyan School Fundraising page to promote your UNICEF school fundraiser for the children of the Philippines.
6-8, 9-12
How Welcoming Is Our School?
This part of "Create a Welcoming Environment" (http://www.teachunicef.org/create-welcoming-environment) was adapted from the The Advocates for Human Rights' "Energy of a Nation" (http://www.theadvocatesforhumanrights.org/uploads/eon_lesson_13.pdf).
6-8, 9-12
Develop a Welcoming Project
This part of "Create a Welcoming Environment" (http://www.teachunicef.org/create-welcoming-environment) was adapted from the The Advocates for Human Rights' "Energy of a Nation" (http://www.theadvocatesforhumanrights.org/uploads/eon_lesson_13.pdf).
Articles

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6-8, 9-12
Emergency Factsheet: Horn of Africa Drought
This factsheet, developed by UNICEF Australia, provides background information and facts on the 2011 Horn of Africa Drought, affecting Djibouti, Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya.
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Global Citizenship Brief Philippines: Teacher Backgrounder
This primer on the Philippines and Super Typhoon Haiyan grounds educators on the foundational knowledge they will need to purposefully plan and effectively execute lessons that engage, inform, and resonate with their audiences.
6-8, 9-12
UNICEF At Work During Natural Disasters
This resource provides background information on natural disasters and UNICEF's humanitarian response required in the aftermath of a natural disaster or emergency.
Video

video

6-8, 9-12
Disaster Risk Reduction Education in Georgia
Watch a video about secondary school children in Georgia who participated in a UNICEF program aimed to reduce disaster risk in an area that recently suffered from severe flooding.
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
For Jericho and Other Children, a Space for Recovery
Jericho, 12 years old, talks about how a child friendly space has helped him and other children cope with their trauma as survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. © UNICEF video
6-8, 9-12
Haiti Earthquake Overview
UNICEF reports on the ground in Haiti just weeks after the devastating earthquake of January 2010.
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
In Ethiopia, UNICEF Helps Meet Water Supply Challenges in Drought-Prone District
UNICEF correspondent Chris Niles reports how one girl's access to education is threatened by lack of water in the drought-affected Tigray region of Ethiopia.
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
In the Philippines, Children Ring in the New School Year
Two months after the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan, schools officially reopened in the Philippines, a positive step towards recovery as families continue piecing their lives back together. © UNICEF video
6-8, 9-12
Nutrition Crisis Unfolds in Africa's Sahel Region
1 million children are threatened by the unfolding nutrition crisis in Africa's Sahel region. Watch this video to learn how UNICEF is responding to the crisis.
PK2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Philippines Water Supply Returned
Dr. Michael Emerson Gnilo, UNICEF WASH Specialist in the Philippines, talks about the effort to restore the water supply to 200,000 people in storm-ravaged Tacloban.
6-8, 9-12
Treating Malnutrition in Famine-Affected Ethiopia
Malnourished children lack vital nutrients and are more susceptible to disease. Learn how children in Ethiopia are being treated for malnutrition resulting from the devastating drought affecting the Horn of Africa region.
PK2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Children Speak Out on Refugees
What would you do about the refugee crisis if you were in charge? The refugee and migrant crisis in Europe is a children's crisis - so we asked some young people what they would do if they were world leaders.
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Education in a UN Displacement Camp
It’s Peter’s first week at school at the UN displacement Camp in Chad. He is here because he fled fled violent attacks by Boko Haram - making the harrowing journey by foot and boat from his village in Nigeria.
PK2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Refugee Children Make New Year's Wishes
Five refugee children make their New Year's wishes at the UNICEF child-friendly space at the transit center for refugees in Gevgelija, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Education in a Refugee Camp in Turkey
10-year-old Gulistan and her family fled their home because of conflict in Syria. Gulistan, now living in a refugee camp in Turkey, is one of the children who has a chance for education, yet 400,000 Syrian children in Turkey are out-of-school.
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Unaccompanied Refugee Youth
Siavash, 16, is an Afghan refugee traveling without parents through the fYR Macedonia hoping to reach Germany. He fled Afghanistan for Iran after his father was persecuted by the Taliban and is now leaving Iran in search of educational opportunity.
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Malak's Journey
Arriving on the Greek island of Lesbos with other family members, Malak illustrates the hope and desperation that has brought her from Syria, from the perspective of a 7-year-old girl.
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Mustapha's Journey
Arriving on the Greek island of Lesbos with other family members, Mustapha illustrates the hope and desperation that has brought him from Syria, from the perspective of a 13-year-old refugee.
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Amal (Hope) - A Syrian Refugee Family's Story
Watch the story of Abu, Fatmeh and their daughter Sahar who were displaced from their home due to the crisis in Syria and are now living in the Saadnayel Informal Settlement for refugees outside of Beirut, Lebanon.
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Migrant Children in Crisis
30 million children have fled their homes — more than at any time since World War Two. Migrants, refugees, displaced — they are children first.
6-8, 9-12
Unfairy Tales: Malak and the Boat
Some stories were never meant for children, like Malak's escape from Syria. This video was adapted from the true story featured in the Spring 2016 UNICEF ACT Diplomat magazine. In fighting stigmas against refugees, you share an #actofhumanity.
6-8, 9-12
Unfairy Tales: The Story of Ivine and Pillow
To fight stigma about refugees, share Ivine's story from UNICEF's Unfairy Tales series. All refugee children deserve an #actofhumanity: http://uni.cf/actofhumanity. Others from the series: http://bit.ly/MalakBoat, http://bit.ly/MustafaWalk
6-8, 9-12
Unfairy Tales: Mustafa Goes for a Walk
Some stories were never meant for children, like Mustafa's escape from Syria. This video was adapted from the true story featured in the Spring 2016 UNICEF ACT Ambassador magazine. In fighting stigmas against refugees, you share an #actofhumanity.
6-8, 9-12
UNICEF and Partners help Educate Children Displaced by Conflict in DR Congo
UNICEF correspondent Vivian Siu reports on an initiative to help educate children displaced by conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
6-8, 9-12
Accessing an Education at Palestinian Refugee Camps in Lebanon
Thousands of Palestinian refugees live at a refugee camp in Lebanon. UNICEF helps ensure that children in refugee camps are able to access an education and continue their studies, despite endemic poverty.
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
David Beckham, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Visits the Philippines
Feb 2014 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham visits young survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, Philippines.
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9-12
The Role of Education and Youth in the Egypt Uprising
UNICEF Radio: Listen as UNICEF Radio moderator Amy Costello discusses the role of education in preparing youth for meaningful participation in civil society with guests Asmaa Elbadawy and Mohammed Naseehu Ali.
6-8, 9-12
Families who escaped violence in Libya face new dangers in Tunisian camp
Refugees fleeing Libya face challenges and violence at a refugee camp along the Libya/Tunisia border. Learn how UNICEF and its partners are providing water, sanitation and education services amidst this challenging environment.
6-8, 9-12
Haiti Earthquake: Sebastian, a Survivor, Speaks
Sebastian, a young boy in Haiti, describes his family’s ordeal after the devastating earthquake struck in January, 2010.
6-8, 9-12
UNICEF Reponds to the Nutrition Crisis in the Sahel
UNICEF radio interviews the UNICEF Director of Emergency Programs, Louis Georges Arsenault, who is spearheading UNICEF's efforts to respond to the nutrition crisis in Africa's Sahel region, which is affecting one million children.

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