Poverty

This collection of teacher resources addresses poverty. The units highlight the story of a teenager named Shasha from Haiti who shares her story of continuing her education to overcome challenging circumstances. The additional lesson plans, videos, multimedia and stories in this collection illustrate the issues and challenges of addressing poverty.

Topic Materials

Units & Lesson Plans

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6-8
How Poverty Affects Children: Shasha's Story (full unit) 6 to 8
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...
9-12
How Poverty Affects Children: Shasha's Story (full unit) 9 to 12
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...
6-8, 9-12
Voices from Children: Poverty
This slide includes a quote from two adolescents in Pakistan who have grown up in poverty.
Activities

activities

6-8
Activity Sheet: Child Poverty
This activity sheet, appropriate for grades 6-8, outlines the issue of child poverty, provides exercises for considering poverty at home and worldwide, and introduces students to an awareness-raising poverty experience called "Live Below the Line."
9-12
Interview with Elizabeth Gibbson, Chief of Global Policy at UNICEF
Students can read this interview with UNICEF's Chief of Global Policy and answer the accompanying reading comprehension questions.
Articles

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6-8, 9-12
Éradier la Pauvreté Extrême et la Faim
Lisez à propos de Rachel, une jeune fille de 16 ans, du Royaume-Uni, qui partage son points de vue sur les objectifs du millenaire pour le développement Objectif 1 : Réduire l'extrême pauvreté et la faim.
6-8, 9-12
L'histoire de Himal
Découvrez comment la question de la pauvreté affecte Himal, un adolescent qui habite au Népal.
6-8, 9-12
La Historia de Himal
Lea cómo el tema de la pobreza afecta a Himal, un adolescente que vive en Nepal.
Video

video

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
Himal's Story: Poverty
Learn about the story of Himal, a young person in Nepal, whose life is affected by lack of economic opportunity.
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.
6-8, 9-12
UNICEF's Community Health Services
Watch a video about how UNICEF supports efforts to improve child survival, and the improvement of maternal health.
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Breaking the Cycle of Poverty - Caroline's Story
Breaking the cycle of poverty. UNICEF correspondent Thomas Nybo reports on a UNICEF-supported cash transfer program that's helping young Kenyans break the cycle of poverty.
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Christine's Story
Dec 29, 2010 - Christine's story: A 14-year-old Haitian student braves the aftermath of the earthquake. UNICEF correspondent Thomas Nybo reports on the progress of a 14-year-old Haitian girl who is doing well in school despite the lingering effects...
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Extreme Poverty in the Outskirts of Kosovo
While street life in the Kosovo capital may appear like any other European city, the outskirts are extremely impoverished. Unemployment nears 100% where much of the population searches the garbage for food, drink, anything to help them sustain life...
6-8, 9-12
La historia de Himal: Pobreza
Conozca la historia de Himal, un joven de Nepal, cuya vida se ve afectada por la falta de medios económicos.
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Shasha's Story
Shasha's story: UNICEF revisits a Haitian girl in a camp for the displaced. UNICEF correspondent Thomas Nybo reports on a young Haitian girl's hope for continued education, a year after the earthquake destroyed her family's home.
PK2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
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...
6-8, 9-12
L'histoire de Himal: la pauvreté
Apprenez plus sur l'histoire de Himal, une jeune personne au Népal, dont la vie est affectée par le manque d'opportunitées économiques.
6-8, 9-12
La historia de Himal: Pobreza
Conozca la historia de Himal, un joven de Nepal, cuya vida se ve afectada por la falta de medios económicos.
Audio

audio

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...
6-8, 9-12
High Food Prices Affect Nutrition in Sudan
Peter, a young student in southern Sudan, discusses the impact of high food prices on health, nutrition and the people of southern Sudan.

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