Teach UNICEF

While the general and country specific UNICEF websites are a great place to find information about UNICEF and the programs it supports, I believe the TeachUNICEF website could be of more practical use for teachers. This website is a collection of free global education resources for all grade levels, and major subjects, which provides lesson plans, stories and multimedia to cover a variety of social issues and social justice topics. These lessons are aligned with the US standards of education, but can easily be transferred into a Canadian classroom. It also provides information sheets about service learning and outside resources that provide service learning resources/tool kits, while sharing the specific UNICEF campaigns as well. I like the way this website is set up, because it has a search bar as well as the main headings/home page link always at the top, while the subheadings of the explore tab are listed in much smaller font at the bottom. I assume the Explore tab is the most used tab, as it contains all the lesson plans and is broken down into three columns at the bottom so that teachers can explore units by topics or grade level. Having the subheadings at the bottom makes it easier for teachers to navigate through website if they do not know where they are going, or also quick access to the specific resources they need rather than clicking through the tabs. I believe having TeachUNICEF as a separate website from the main UNICEF pages makes this website easier to navigate because it holds less information. Compared to the FTC website, the TeachUNICEF website is not as overwhelming.

I believe this website would be an excellent fit for teaching at almost any grade level because it provides the option to teach by topic. At the top of each topic page there is a summary of what the topic aims to teach as well as a form of multimedia which introduces the topic (either a picture or a video which presents an interview with a child, a short documentary, etc.). So rather than having one set out global education curriculum (such as the Junior World Changers Kit), teachers have the freedom to interchange topics based on the curriculum subject they wish to integrate it into. For example: integrating water and environment with science, health/AIDS with health/physical education, global citizenship with social studies, etc. The one issue with these topics is that not all of them have lesson plans for every grade level (for example: child labour does not have lesson plans for K-2).

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