Poverty

By telling the story of Himal as he copes with poverty—the grade-specific lesson plans illustrate the issues and challenges facing today's youth, as well as programs that are working to improve his life.

Based on UNICEF's flagship report, The State of the World's Children—a comprehensive annual assessment of the world's most vulnerable children—TeachUNICEF lesson plans help students gain a deeper knowledge of the issues facing children and youth around the world.

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.

Sahel Food Crisis - UNICEF-Supported Treatment Centers

UNICEF and its partners are working together to save the lives of children across the world. In this video, see how UNICEF-supported treatment centers help children suffering from malnutrition in Mauritania. The country is in the Sahel region, one that suffers from chronic drought-conditions, leaving livestock and crops without the water they need. This creates a food shortage causing tens of thousands of children to be chronically malnourished. UNICEF-supported treatment centers provide fortified food to give children the nutrients they need to survive. In order to provide these services, UNICEF needs financial support.

Combating Polio in India

Although the number of polio cases has dropped to 1,500 cases a year from 350,000 in 1988, polio still poses a threat to the health of many, especially those living in India. UNICEF USA works to educate families on protecting themselves from the polio virus. UNICEF has also provided 1 billion doses of vaccines a year to clinics and hospitals in India; but polio cannot be eliminated until every person has been vaccinated. In the video, hear the stories of how UNICEF aid has changes the lives of people affected by polio.

Combating Malaria in Ghana

Over 200 Million people contract malaria every year, and of those more than 600,000 cases end in death. In Ghana alone, more than 200,000 children die. Malaria is a treatable and preventable disease. UNICEF USA has provided more than 2 million treated bed nets to families with young children to help reduce the infection rate. In this video, hear the stories of two young mothers each of whom lost a child to malaria and are now hopeful for the future thanks to UNICEF and the bed nets they provide.

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.

Street Children in Rwanda

In this video, watch as Egide, a boy from Rwanda, receives help from UNICEF through Fidesco. Fidesco is a UNICEF-supported center for street children that provides food, shelter, and education as well as psychosocial help and counseling. They provide a support system for children so they can have the bright, successful future they deserve.

To help UNICEF end child homelessness, please donate to UNICEF USA at http://www.unicefusa.org/.

How Poverty Affects Children: Shasha's Story (full unit) 9 to 12

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In this high school unit, students explore the meaning of poverty through the eyes of Shasha, a 14-year-old girl working to help feed her family in post-2010 earthquake Haiti. By examining a UNICEF official's interview, statistical poverty indicators, and UNICEF poverty-reducing programs, students learn about the effect of poverty on children's lives and the most promising programs to reduce poverty. This unit concludes with a writing assessment aligned with College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards 1 and 2 for Writing from the Common Core State Standards. The unit also helps build empathy with children who experience extreme poverty with an optional tie-in with "Live Below the Line," a challenge to eat and drink on just $1.50 for five days.

How Poverty Affects Children: Shasha's Story (full unit) 6 to 8

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In this middle school unit, students explore the meaning of poverty through the eyes of Shasha, a 14-year-old girl working to help feed her family in post-2010 earthquake Haiti. By examining the root causes of poverty, statistical poverty indicators, and UNICEF poverty-reducing programs, students learn about the effect of poverty on children's lives and ways to break the cycle of poverty. This unit concludes with a writing assessment aligned with College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards 1 and 2 for Writing from the Common Core State Standards. The unit also helps build empathy with children who experience extreme poverty with an optional tie-in with "Live Below the Line," a challenge to eat and drink on just $1.50 for five days.

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