Rising Voices Series: The Flowing River

Filmed in rural Nicaragua, this video chronicles the lives of David Zamora Munoz and his brother Francisco in their community and school, a Child Friendly School. David, Francisco and their parents highlight the importance of the school, while the principal and teachers emphasize the unique elements of a Child Friendly School, such as its emphasis on inclusive education, gender equality, and sanitation. The Flowing River is in Spanish with English subtitles and is approximately 24 minutes in length.

Full Unit: To Educate a Girl (6-8)


In 2000, 110 million children in the world were not in school—two thirds of them were girls. In 2010, filmmakers Frederick Rendina and Oren Rudavsky traveled to Nepal and Uganda, two countries emerging from conflict and struggling with poverty, to find the answer to one question: What does it take to educate a girl? Framed by the United Nations global initiative to provide equal access to education for girls by 2015, To Educate a Girl takes a ground-up and visually stunning view of that effort through the eyes of girls out of school, starting school or fighting against the odds to stay in school.

In this unit, high school students will explore the reasons behind why girls are sometimes unable to attend school, and brainstorm about solutions.


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