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#TVforTeachers – Pick of the Week – The Forgotten Children

As a part of ERA’s commitment to helping licence holders make the best use of material available to them, we have decided to start highlighting our ‘top pick’ each week. We’re hoping to reveal multiple educational uses for a single episode, series, or film with enough time to act as a ‘heads up’ for teachers to be able to record or access the material.

This Tuesday (4th October) ITV are airing a special investigation into the Syrian refugee crisis, focusing on the stories of children who have had to flee their homes to try and start a new life in Europe.

From the ITV press centre:

This new documentary for ITV follows the heart-breaking stories of refugee orphans stranded across Europe.

88,000 refugee children are now stuck in Europe without their parents. They thought they would be safe here but The Forgotten Children reveals many have faced violence, police brutality and hundreds have been imprisoned in detention centres and police cells. Alone and afraid, many are also vulnerable to trafficking gangs and sexual exploitation.

Governments have moved many of the children into state run camps and closed the doors to journalists. This programme hears their disturbing stories of suffering and survival.  

Whilst the content of this programme is undoubtedly distressing, clips or extracts from it may be appropriate for an older secondary group looking at the humanitarian crisis for PSHE, Citizenship, or Politics. As ever, we would recommend that teachers review material themselves to assess suitability for their class on a case by case basis.

Follow the hashtag #TVforTeachers or @EraResources for more lesson ideas.

You can also access curated clips through our new learning platform .To use the platform, you just need to email your request to era@era.org.uk and we will set-up a login so that you can access the site freely.


Related Link:

Number of Syria Child Refugees Reaches One Million (from CBBC’s Newsround)  http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/23807230