On June 10th the TeachUNICEF team and other community members spoke to over 500 New York City youth about the importance of clean water. We reflected on our own water usage and some of the challenges people around the world face when trying to access clean water. Led by a marching band, we then joined the youth in walking across the Brooklyn Bridge to simulate the distance many people around the world walk to access clean water. Youth carried signs and chanted, educating New Yorkers as they passed. It was moving to see so many people unite for such an important cause.
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|New York city youth walking across the Brooklyn Bridge to simulate the distance many people around the world walk to access clean water.
TeachUNICEF and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF are committed to global water and sanitation issues. To learn more about these issues and download free classroom resources click here.
TeachUNICEF is a provider of resources for many education programs across the country, both in school and afterschool youth programs. We support these programs by providing resources that highlight the global issues UNICEF and its partners address on a daily basis. All resources are free and can be found at www.TeachUNICEF.org.
One such afterschool organization is Higher Achievement Program, located in Washington, DC. On May 19, the TeachUNICEF team attended Higher Achievement’s graduation ceremony of 62 scholars. Keynote speaker U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan commended the organization for their success and the empowered youth graduating on to high schools. To learn more about the event click here. This afterschool youth program has used many of the resources available at TeachUNICEF.org to embark on the education of global issues with their enrolled youth.
Tell us your story of how you utilize TeachUNICEF resources by writing to us at teachUNICEF@unicefusa.org or responding to this posting.
Last week we posted a survey to gather feedback and provide direction for the future development of TeachUNICEF. In the upcoming academic year TeachUNICEF will be developing K-12 resources as well as modifying the website. Your feedback is extremely important. What do you think of our resources? What global issues would you like TeachUNICEF to address? How can we improve our website? Please take a moment to answer the brief survey which consists of 15 questions at www.teachunicef.org.
TeachUNICEF posted a new Middle and High School unit: Doly’s Story: Adolescent Girls Take Action. This free standards-based interdisciplinary unit introduces students to ways local organizations for adolescent girls are helping to promote gender equality throughout the world. Doly’s Story: Adolescent Girls Take Action contains a video case study, two lesson plans, visual aids, and handouts for small group work.
In lesson one, students watch a video case study about a girl named Doly from Bangladesh and learn about her work in a Dhaka neighborhood. In lesson two, students will read and discuss case studies about promoting gender equality. Each case study highlights the work of an adolescent girl and a supporting organization. Service tips and extension activities are provided throughout the units.
To download Doly’s Story: Adolescent Girls Take Action for free, click here. For more units and lessons plans, please visit teachunicef.org.
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We’re pleased to announce this week the winning team that will represent the United States in the 2009 Junior 8 Summit. From North Miami Senior High School, in North Miami, Florida, the Global Pioneers demonstrated great strength in their knowledge of the issues highlighted at the upcoming J8 Summit. The team, accompanied by their advisor and US Fund for UNICEF staff, will travel to Italy in July.
The Junior 8 Summit (J8) is the youth event linked to the G8 Summit and is sponsored by UNICEF. The J8 program enables young people, ages 13 to 17, to become involved in the topics that concern the G8 countries, their leaders and the broader global community. Drawing from their knowledge, understanding, and perspectives of these global issues, student teams compete via an essay and application process for the opportunity to represent their country at the J8 Summit.
The United State’s 2009 winning delegation, Global Pioneers, is comprised of International Baccalaureate students. Their entry presented specific recommendations to key global issues: Global Warming and Climate Change; Infectious Diseases and HIV/AIDS; and Poverty and Development. The essay was chosen based on originality of ideas, ambition of recommendations, pragmatism, coherence, and grasp of the issues.
We extend our sincere appreciation to all of the teams who submitted essays for their creativity, hard work and thoughtfulness in their entries. The selection process was very difficult as there were a great number of high-quality essays submitted. We look forward to next year’s competition and encourage educators and students during the course of the year to engage in TeachUNICEF resources, available at www.teachunicef.org. To further get involved in UNICEF’s work, please visit www.unicefusa.org/volunteer.
Congratulations again to the winning team, Global Pioneers, from North Miami Senior High School.