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Global Education: Why Learn? (3-5)
Unit of 3 lessons

Unit Overview:

Focus Question: What are the effects of educating every child in the world? 

Unit Purpose:

Students play a game that explores the difference between rights and privileges. Students listen and respond to the text of Nasreen’s Secret School by Jeanette Winter, a picture book about a school in Afghanistan. This book will set the stage for a discussion around the importance of education and what people can do to promote schooling for all around the world. 

Unit Duration:

Three 45-Minute Sessions, Plus time to plan and carry out a service project

Unit Objectives:

The learner will:

  • define rights and privileges.
  • analyze daily expectations as rights or privileges. 
  • recognize that not everyone has access to the basic right of education.
  • identify Afghanistan on a world map.
  • recognize obstacles faced by some children trying to get an education.
  • state the value of education to individuals and the community and world.
  • describe the work of a nonprofit organization to help people meet their needs.
  • raise awareness to support education in areas where children do not have school.
  • identify the relationship of individual rights and community responsibility.

Service Experience:

Although lessons in this unit contain service project examples, decisions about service plans and implementation should be made by students, as age appropriate.

Students hold a Read-a-Thon to raise awareness of the obstacles some children face in obtaining an education. They make posters and fliers to explain their cause to their families, classmates, and friends. They may wish to invite others to join in and read as many books as possible to spread the word.

Notes for Teaching:

“Education is our passport to the future,
for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare
for it today.”
—Malcolm X
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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