Global Learning Programme Wales


The second Millennium Development Goal aims for all children around the world to complete their primary education. A micro-hydro system in Zimbabwe provided enough power to run a school. Students are now also able to study at night. © Practical ActionYet despite huge efforts over the last decade, around 60 million children around the world are still missing out on school. This is a topic pupils care about and can relate to.

Using pupils’ own experiences and avoiding stereotypes and assumptions about education in other parts of the world, can lead to a deeper exploration of this fundamental human right.

Recommended reading

The following links and articles provide useful background information to help you teach about the importance of education in the fight against poverty:

BBC News: Malala: The girl who was shot for going to school 

Guardian: Universal primary education Collection of articles on the Guardian global development website 

Global Dimension: Fight Poverty, Educate Girls Feature article exploring how girls’ education can slow down population growth, and reduce poverty 

Teaching resources

Useful teaching resources about education: 

Global Campaign for Education: Send My Friend website Resources about the importance of education for development 

SOS Children’s Villages: Our Africa teaching resources website Key Stage 3 resources based on video clips produced by young people from different African countries. They include videos on education and jobs 

Oxfam: Every Child Needs a Teacher Key Stage 3 resources exploring why some children miss out on school, and ideas to help them get the education that is their right 

Oxfam: Explore Girls’ Education Key Stage 3 resources exploring access to education and ideas for taking action 

CAFOD: Going To School Key Stage 2 resources exploring learning and education in other countries around the world 

Schooling The World A controversial film shot mainly in Ladakh, pointing out that imposing modern schooling on everyone may damage indigenous cultures (includes teaching resources) 

For further teaching resources, browse through the following searches:

Key Stage 2

Key Stage 3

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