Through discussion and a game, children identify the value of education to individuals and the community. Children hear a true story about a woman who performs a brave act for the common good. They identify the benefit the whole community shared and define philanthropy and common good. Children learn facts about learning around the globe. They brainstorm and carry out an act of service that promotes learning locally or globally.
Focus Question: What activities promote learning and the common good of a classroom community?
Three 45-Minute Sessions, Plus time to plan and carry out a service project
The learner will:
Children hold a Read-In in order to gather books to donate to an organization that distributes books to children in need. Allow the students to help with the planning and specifics of the book drive and donation.
“ Education is our passport to the future,
for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare
for it today.”
Education across the globe, including schooling and other types of learning, is a fascinating topic to explore with students of all ages. Students will react well to this “meta-approach.” Studying education in the context of their own schools and after-school activities will provide excellent opportunity for reflection and understanding. When students are in an educational context, they will be more receptive to and understanding of the issues facing education around the globe. A key aspect of this unit will be to constantly “bring the lesson back” to your students. If students understand the challenges facing international education, and if they realize how lucky they are to be provided with such excellent educations of their own, they will be more motivated to act on behalf of the international community.
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