Heading into Memorial Day, most American students I know are thinking of summer vacation, getting a job at the ice cream parlor, or perhaps what to wear during that beyond-silly-last-week-of-school when desperate teachers organize “pajama day” and “inside-out day” to keep their classes somewhat distracted from the summer outside.
But for much of the world, school vacation is not something to be relished. This week’s video is about a girl in Afghanistan who goes to school so she can be an engineer, and a journalist, and also a doctor. The problem is, she lives in a place where violence regularly keeps her from school.
How do you bring global themes into your classroom?
Who better to ask this question to than teachers? And last week, we did just that. This was one of many questions that New York City educators explored during a workshop hosted by the U.S. Fund for UNICEF (USF) and facilitated by the New York State Spanish Bilingual Education Technical Assistance Center (SBETAC) and the USF’s Education Department.
Some of the many answers to this question were:
- Talk to students about personal experiences, needs and worries;
- Bringing literature from other cultures into the curriculum to engender discussion of culture, history etc.;
- Movies, documentaries and curriculum;
- Write own plays and pamphlets on social issues.
This particular workshop allowed educators, who work with English Language Learners, to share and see strategies and explore TeachUNICEF resources for classroom implementation. We look forward to our next workshop and continued dialogue throughout the year.
Developing responsible, compassionate students is one of an educator’s most important and difficult jobs. Participating in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF is one way to help children around the world
This week we launched our newest youth report, Maternal and Newborn Health: A Global Challenge, drawn from the real life stories and data in the 2009 State of the World’s Children report. This is the second youth report we’ve developed in a continuing series devoted to the global challenges UNICEF is addressing every day.
The report’s author did an excellent job extracting the core components of the State of the World’s Children report–highlighting the scope of the problem, the countries that are most affected, the main causes, and what can be done. We’re really excited about this report!
“We are not only the citizens of the U.S., we are citizens of the world and global issues affect our fellow citizens. The youth have the power to galvanize and change the future.”
When I heard this statement I knew I wanted to share it with a larger audience, so I decided to write this post.
In my eyes this helps to convey what our education department here at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF is trying to do. We too believe that we are all citizens of the world and that we can make a difference. We do it by providing free classroom resources through TeachUNICEF to educators so students can learn and discuss the global issues that are impacting their peers around the world.
What makes this statement even more profound is that it was written by a high school student! Last week, at the invitation of Global Kids, I spoke to 30 NYC youth about UNICEF. We not only discussed the foundational elements of UNICEF, but also had a larger discussion about the importance of supporting our global community.
Student responses, like the one above, allowed for thoughtful discussion and debate. I think this is a clear sign that students, when given the opportunity, can add to the discourse of how we can better support our global peers.
In response to President Obama’s ‘United We Serve‘ call to community service, cabinet member Susan E. Rice, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and representatives from the US Fund for UNICEF hosted an interactive classroom at the Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) on June 22nd. The Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) is a nationally recognized non-profit organization, which provides a unique, holistic network of support in Harlem for 10,000 children – from birth through college – including public charter schools, as well as after-school, pre-kindergarten, social-service and health programs.
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