Education

Fatna’s Story: Giving Girls the Chance to Learn. This unit is designed to raise awareness of the impact of gender inequality in education and how it can be overcome. This unit highlights the real life story of Fatna, a 14-year-old girl from Darfur, Sudan who has escaped the conflict there and is now living in a refugee camp in Chad.
Unit Objectives:

1) Raise awareness of the impact of gender inequality in education
2) Help students understand how educating women also benefits their children
3) Familiarize students with strategies to increase gender equality in education
4) Demonstrate the progress that is being made in improving access to education for girls and women

45 Years in the Making

Nicolas Mignanwande was a little boy attending a UNICEF school in his small village of Ganvie, in Benin, when Denis Hargrave arrived in the village to shoot a documentary. The film focused on the challenges of growing up in Ganvie, and the hope and opportunity that the UNICEF school provided.

In this video, watched what Denis learned about young Nicolas about forty five years later, through a series of remarkable coincidences...

Nicolas graduated from that same UNICEF school and went on to become a teacher and then Supervisor of Education for his district. Nicolas' older brother, Hubert, also a graduate from the UNICEF school, received his PhD in Psychology from the Sorbonne. Today Nicolas' youngest boy, Ponce, is in medical school and studying to become a doctor.

Bilingual Education in Guatemala

Since the 16th century when Spain colonized Guatemala, Spanish was imposed as the official language and became the sole language taught in schools. Through UNICEF's teacher program, Guatemalan students begin school in their native tongue and are gradually introduced to Spanish. By the end of primary school, students are fluent in Spanish and ready for the outside world. 

UNICEF is committed to bilingual education because we believe that every child has the right to education in their native tongue. In this video, you follow a young girl, Monica, who is currently learning in both Spanish and Cakchiquel in school. "Every child needs an opportunity to develop their potential, otherwise we might lose them forever," -- Teresa Chumil, Elementary School Teacher.

UNICEF is committed to bilingual education because we believe that every child has the right to education in their native tongue. In this video, you follow a young girl, Monica, who is currently learning in both Spanish and Cakchiquel in school. "Every child needs an opportunity to develop their potential, otherwise we might lose them forever," -- Teresa Chumil, Elementary School Teacher.

Nirmala: Child Head of Household in Nepal

There are 650,000 orphaned children living in Nepal. It is UNICEF's goal to ensure orphaned children around the world receive the support they need to live a healthy life. In this video, see the story of Nirmala, a young orphaned girl left to care for her younger siblings. With the help of UNICEF she is receiving support to keep her family healthy. UNICEF needs help to support these children through generous donations of all sizes, please visit UNICEF USA at http://www.unicefusa.org/ to donate today.

Nelson Mandela and the Right to Education

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On December 5, 2013, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF joined millions of people around the world in mourning the loss of Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa. In addition to his legacy as father of his nation, he also leaves behind his advocacy on behalf of children. In this lesson, students get introduced to Mandela’s story and life work. They examine how his drive was shaped by some of the same values that drive UNICEF’s work: a commitment to human rights and to education. Finally, they research evidence from the news regarding the state of education in their district, county, or state to determine the ways children’s international right to an education is being protected locally, and the ways it may need better protection.

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