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

Nelson Mandela and the Right to Education


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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