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Global Education: Why Learn? (9-12)
Unit of 3 lessons

Unit Overview:

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

Unit Purpose:

Students analyze the effects of education on individuals, communities, and the world. They demonstrate that we are all connected and that others are affected by things that we believe only affect us. They learn about gender inequality in schools globally and explore policies for achieving universal primary education for kids all over the world. 

Unit Duration:

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

Unit Objectives:

The learner will:

  • describe the effects of no education on themselves and the world.
  • propose alternative ways to educate children though business, nonprofit, and families.
  • work as a team cooperatively.
  • identify ways that people are interconnected.
  • analyze facts about gender disparity in education.
  • identify countries without universal primary education.
  • read and summarize goals 2 and 3 of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals.
  • describe the barriers to educating all children in developing countries.
  • share their opinions and ideas verbally and in writing.
  • participate in raising awareness and funds 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 plan a project to raise awareness of the need for universal primary education. They may hold a rally or invite guest speakers come to create a round table discussion. Students may wish to decorate areas of the school with posters and slogans. They may create a mural, either on butcher paper (to be taken down) or on the wall directly. Students may make their own documentary film.
  • Students may hold a fundraiser and find creative ways to raise money and supplies for schools in developing countries. Some suggestions might be to organize a show with an educational theme, to host a 5K run, or to hold a bake sale.


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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