Education

This collection of teacher resources addresses education. The units, lesson plans and video highlight the stories of several young girls who face challenges in gaining access to education and being able to attend school. The multimedia and stories in this collection illustrate the issues and challenges of ensuring access to a quality education.

Topic Materials

Units & Lesson Plans

unit-lesson-plans

6-8
Education: Fatna's Story - Full Unit 6-8
Learn about Fatna, a girl from Chad who struggles to gain access to education.
9-12
Education: Fatna's Story - Full Unit 9-12
Learn about Fatna, a girl from Chad who struggles to gain access to education.
6-8
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...
9-12
Full Unit: To Educate a Girl (9-12)
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...
6-8, 9-12
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 o
6-8, 9-12
UNICEF in Emergencies: School-in-a-Box Kit
Read about UNICEF's School-in-a-Box kit, which provides educational resources for up to 80 students during emergencies.
Activities

activities

6-8
Activity Sheet: Gender Equality
This activity sheet provides background information on the issue of gender equality and critical thinking activities and questions for students.
Articles

articles

6-8, 9-12
Feeding Girls' Hunger to Learn in Afghanistan
UNICEF is helping to provide access to education to girls in Afghanistan. Attendance is on the rise.
6-8, 9-12
Girl Power on the Tea Plantations of India
A UNICEF partnership with the Assam Branch Indian Tea Association is working to create economic opportunity for girls.
Video

video

3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Education in a UN Displacement Camp
It’s Peter’s first week at school at the UN displacement Camp in Chad. He is here because he fled fled violent attacks by Boko Haram - making the harrowing journey by foot and boat from his village in Nigeria.
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Education in a Refugee Camp in Turkey
10-year-old Gulistan and her family fled their home because of conflict in Syria. Gulistan, now living in a refugee camp in Turkey, is one of the children who has a chance for education, yet 400,000 Syrian children in Turkey are out-of-school.
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
After the Earthquake, Schoolchildren in Nepal Adjust to a New Reality
The boarding houses at a school in Nepal were destroyed during the devastating earthquake that hit the country in April 2015. A year later, Sharmila and her classmates are still adjusting to the new living conditions as they continue their education.
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Nirmala: Child Head of Household 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 two younger siblings.
6-8, 9-12
Meet Marcell Jenkins
This video features the story of Marcell Jenkins, a young man growing up in Camden, New Jersey.
6-8, 9-12
Mulu's Story: Gender Equality
Thirteen-year-old Mulu Melka's soft voice and shy demeanor hide a character marked by courage, determination and steady nerves. Using her ingenuity, Mulu was able to get out of two forced marriages, and protect herself from HIV/AIDS.
9-12
Vulnerable Children in Benin
UNICEF is combating trafficking and exploitation of children for economic gain. Girls are disproportionately affected by this practice in Benin.
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
A Multi-Cultural School in Bosnia and Herzegovina Brings out the Best
Watch a video about a child friendly school in Bosnia and Herzegovina. More than a decade after the war, this school is using a multi-cultural, child centered model to best serve the needs of its students.
PK2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
45 Years in the Making
Nicolas was a boy attending a UNICEF school in his small village of Ganvie, 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 that the school provided.
9-12
Adolescence Beyond Stereotypes
Students from the Brooklyn International High School in New York City speak about the definitions of stereotypes and how they affect adolescents.
6-8, 9-12
Education: Fatna's Story
Watch the story of Fatna, a girl from Darfur, forced to take refuge in neighboring Chad, who yearns to attend school.
6-8, 9-12
Girls Education in Kenya and Somalia
Young Hawa Osmond is 13 years old and hails from Somalia. She lives in the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya, and who aims to be a teacher when she grows up. UNICEF works to ensure that girls and boys who are displaced by violence are still able to...
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
In Ethiopia, UNICEF Helps Meet Water Supply Challenges in Drought-Prone District
UNICEF correspondent Chris Niles reports how one girl's access to education is threatened by lack of water in the drought-affected Tigray region of Ethiopia.
6-8, 9-12
Mobile Classrooms and Access to Education in Uganda.
UNICEF mobile classrooms provide access to education for children in Uganda.
6-8, 9-12
Overview of MDGs 2 and 3
Watch an update on MDGs 2 and 3, affecting education and gender equality.
6-8, 9-12
Providing Free Schooling in Kenya
Watch a video about how eliminating schools fees in Kenya provides opportunities for more students to attend school.
6-8, 9-12
Timor-Leste: Rebuilding the education system to reach the hardest-to-reach
UNICEF works to provide access to education in the small town of Laclubar. The town is still rebuilding after a wave of post-independence violence swept the country in 1999.
6-8, 9-12
UNICEF and Partners help Educate Children Displaced by Conflict in DR Congo
UNICEF correspondent Vivian Siu reports on an initiative to help educate children displaced by conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
6-8, 9-12
UNICEF Child-friendly schools in Niger
UNICEF is helping to build child-friendly schools in Niger, where school attendance rates are among the lowest in the world. Through partnership with IKEA, UNICEF is supplying school materials, teacher training, and water and sanitation facilities...
Audio

audio

6-8, 9-12
"Bush schools" help children access education in Central African Republic
Children affected by armed conflict have new opportunities to access education after the opening of “bush schools”.
6-8, 9-12
Chinyanta’s Digital Diary: A Zambian teen fights for child rights and gender equality
Voices of Youth and UNICEF Radio Digital Diarist Chinyanta Chimba reports on child rights from Lusaka, Zambia and Florence, Italy.
9-12
Equal Education Opportunities for Children with Disabilities
UNICEF podcast moderator Femi Oke talks to Ms Elina Lehtomaki, Researcher at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland and a pioneer in the field of inclusive education.
6-8, 9-12
Liberia: How Poverty Affects Access to Education and Child Rights
UNICEF examines how children are able to access education, twenty years after the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Emmanuel, a young student in Liberia hopes to continue to study engineering, but cannot afford the school...
9-12
Young people provide strategic advice on education issues
Podcast moderator Femi Oke caught up with youth advocates Salathiel Ntakirutimana, of Burundi, and Sumaya Saluja, of India. The young leaders talked about their experiences, the role of education in young people’s lives and their advocating on...
6-8, 9-12
A Conversation With Pau Gasol on Early Childhood Education
Podcast moderator Kathryn Herzog speaks with Spanish professional basketball player Pau Gasol of the Los Angeles Lakers about making early childhood care and education a priority. Mr. Gasol is a UNICEF Ambassador and a champion of education.
6-8, 9-12
As South Sudan Looks to Nationhood, Education is Pivotal
On Saturday July 9th, Southern Sudan became in independent nation-state. The new nation is offered a unique opportunity to build a country that is free of war, respectful of human rights and prosperous. Education will play a pivotal role in the...
6-8, 9-12
Child-friendly schools create opportunities for all in targeted districts across Yemen
UNICEF correspondent Anja Baron reports on child-friendly schools supported by UNICEF in Yemen.
6-8, 9-12
Education key to achieving Millennium Development Goals
President of the Global Campaign for Education Mr. Kailash Satyarthi joins Amy Costello in a special conversation on the steps needed to ensure that "Education for All" Millennium Development Goal is achieved by 2015.
6-8, 9-12
Gender equity beyond primary education 'Progress for Children' interview series
Judith Bruce speaks to UNICEF Radio about what can be done to protect the rights of the most vulnerable adolescent girls.
6-8, 9-12
Martin Bell Reports from Afghanistan – Literacy Comes to the Community
In Kandahar women are attending literacy classes for the first time in their lives. The women are learning traditional needlework and embroidery as well as how to read and write. Literacy plays a crucial role in bringing hope for a better future.
9-12
The Role of Education and Youth in the Egypt Uprising
UNICEF Radio: Listen as UNICEF Radio moderator Amy Costello discusses the role of education in preparing youth for meaningful participation in civil society with guests Asmaa Elbadawy and Mohammed Naseehu Ali.
6-8, 9-12
Youth Journalist Reports on the Problem of School Fees in Southern Sudan
Michael Lual, 17, reports on families struggling to pay school fees in Southern Sudan.

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