The second Millennium Development Goal aims for all children around the world to complete their primary education. Yet 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.
The following links and articles provide useful background information to help you teach about the importance of education in the fight against poverty:
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
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
We welcome your suggestions for useful articles and teaching resources on the topic of Education. Please email them to GLPWales@educationdevelopmenttrust.com.