I Believe in Zero Discussion Guides


About the Book

In I Believe in ZERO, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF Caryl M. Stern draws on her travels around the world, offering memorable stories that present moving and sometimes counterintuitive lessons about life. Each of the stories focuses on a particular locale—Bangladesh, Mozambique, earthquake-ravaged Haiti, the Brazilian Amazon—and weaves together absorbing material on the country and its history, an account of the humanitarian crises at issue, and depictions of the people Stern meets there. Throughout, Stern traces her emerging global consciousness and describes how these stories can positively affect all children. I Believe in ZERO reflects her—and UNICEF's—mission to reduce the number of children under the age of five who die from preventable causes from 18,000 each day to ZERO.




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TeachUNICEF is pleased to offer two discussion guides for I Believe in Zero: one designed especially for use in the high school classroom and another for use at the college level or in an adult book club setting. To accompany the TeachUNICEF discussion guides, St. Martin's Press has generously agreed to make Chapters 3 and 4 of I Believe in Zero available FREE of charge to TeachUNICEF educators. The following lessons from the Teacher's Guide accompany these chapters.

Lesson 1–What We Teach Our Children (accompanies Chapter 4): Youth learn about human rights and specifically children's rights – through three key documents—the U.S. Bill of Rights, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child— and how the work of UNICEF protects the rights of children globally.

Lesson 2–I Believe in Zero (accompanies Chapter 3): Youth explore the basic needs of children; the interventions employed by UNICEF for children at critical health risk for malnutrition, disease and poverty; and the role they can play in reducing the number of preventable child deaths globally. 

VIDEOThe U.S. Fund for UNICEF partnered with Upworthy to create a powerful call to action recalling Caryl Stern's most difficult moment—which Stern shares in great personal depth in Chapter 3 in I Believe in Zero