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Global Education: Why Learn? (6-8)
Unit of 3 lessons

Unit Overview:

Focus Question: What basic needs does every school need to address to be a good school?  

Unit Purpose:

Students compare and contrast attributes of school systems across the globe. They work in small groups to identify the successes and possible school improvements in their own school system and in vulnerable schools around the world. Students take action by participating in an activity that raises awareness about schools that do not have sufficient resources.

Unit Duration:

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

Unit Objectives:

The learner will:

  • compare and contrast educational practices around the world.
  • analyze the mission and practices of a nonprofit group run by youth.
  • identify where local and global schools succeed and fall short of goals.
  • identify government, business, and family failure related to education.
  • gain empathy for schools that lack basic resources.
  • raise awareness for schools that lack basic resources.

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 carry out their plan to hold a Sit for Good event in their school. The event should include opportunities for educating others (students, program staff, teachers, parents) about schooling around the world, and might include a fundraiser for schools in need of resources.

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 youth of all ages. Students will react well to this “meta-approach.” Studying education in the context of their own schools will provide excellent opportunities 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, including education in their own country, 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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