Global Education

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Alliance Against Hunger and Malnutrition

The Alliance Against Hunger and Malnutrition brings together national governments, the international community, civil society organisations and the private sector to eradicate hunger and malnutrition, contribute to food security actions and initiatives and coordinate and mobilise funds for national action within countries.

Amnesty International Australia

Amnesty International Australia is part of an independent, politically impartial, worldwide movement of people working for human rights. Amnesty's website provides fact sheets, case studies, research papers and media links to encourage people to take action for human rights for refugees, Indigenous people, victims of torture, and ending the death penalty.

Arab Gateways

Arab Gateways has interactive games, film clips and five inquiry units to assist secondary students explore the diversity of cultures, environments, histories and economies of the Arab region.

Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia: Indonesia

Australia's engagement with Asia: Indonesia includes six DVD chapters with related texts and worksheets developed by World Vision and the Australian Geography Teachers Association, suitable for years 3–10. Topics explore issues of diversity, food, water, urbanisation, interconnectedness and wellbeing.

Australia: Intersections of identity

Australia: Intersections of identity from The Asia Education Foundation is a collection of 40 film, literature and art resources with contextual historical, socio-political and geographical notes. The resource explores the effects on Australian identity of our contact with the Asian region. Teaching activities are scaffolded under the headings Connect, Explore and Transform, and include a variety of Web 2.0 learning opportunities. Secondary English students can explore content through five themes: 'Fusions', 'Journeys', 'Frictions', 'Look both ways' and 'Out there!'.

Australian Aid

The Australian Government's Aid program website gives an overview of the aid program by theme and country through a range of publications. It provides links to its photo and video collections.

Australian Bureau of Statistics Education Services

The ABS website features a range of resources for teaching about statistics using real data that are suitable for upper primary and secondary students. They include mathematics and geography activities, CensusAtSchool, interactive games, economic, community, population and environmental data sets. Teachers are well supported with information and tutorials for teaching using statistics.

Australian Human Rights Commission

The Commission’s education resources are designed to introduce students to human rights concepts in an engaging, relevant way. They develop literacy and numeracy skills in a range of learning areas. Topics include human rights, child rights, disability rights, Indigenous rights and race and diversity. They are suitable for year 5 and above.

Australian Red Cross

Australian Red Cross is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement whose mission is to provide assistance and improve the lives of vulnerable people, particularly during emergencies and armed conflict. Red Cross offices are to be found in each state and territory and support a variety of participation programs.

Australian Volunteers for International Development

Australian Volunteers for International Development is a partnership between the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Australian Aid and Australian Volunteers International, Austraining International and Australian Red Cross. It provides volunteering initiatives for Australians. The website provides case studies, videos and stories about the work of volunteers in a variety of countries.

Australian Water Education Resources

The Australian Government's water education portal has hundreds of teaching and learning resources, searchable by year level, region, resource type and key concepts. It explores water sharing of national, state, territory, regional and urban water resources in Australia. Global water issues such as water availability resulting from climate change and location and population, and impacts of water stress on health and well being are also explored.

Basel Convention

Regulates the movements of hazardous wastes and ensures they are disposed of in an environmentally sound way.

Building blocks of peace

The Institute for Economics and Peace's Building Blocks of Peace consists of four modules, An understanding of peace, Peace and sustainability, Education and peace and The peace industry. There are teacher notes, lesson plans, student handouts, assessment suggestions and extension activities based on the Global Peace Index.

Building Bridges

The booklet Building Bridges: A Peace Corps Classroom Guide to Cross-Cultural Understanding provides short, adaptable lesson plans and activities that build cross-cultural awareness, respect, and communication in upper primary and lower secondary classrooms. It introduces the concept of culture, and has activities on being seen as different, accuracy of generalisations, expanding points of view, resolving misunderstandings and seeing both sides of an issue. Although written for an American audience it could be easily adapted for Australian classrooms.

CARE Australia

CARE Australia is an independent member of the CARE International aid network. It is a non-political, non-religious overseas relief and development organisation. CARE undertakes projects that focus on fighting global poverty, with a special emphasis on the empowerment of women and girls. The CARE website provides case studies and suggestions for learning more about global poverty and for taking action.

Caritas Australia

Caritas Australia is a Catholic agency for international aid and development. It is part of the international Caritas network that supports aid and grassroots programs in communities throughout the world, including Indigenous communities in Australia. The Caritas Australia website provides information about the organisation's projects, education programs, campaigns and fundraising activities.

Case studies of Cambodian farmers and farm workers

Although not designed as a teaching resource, this collection of 18 case studies of Cambodian farmers and rural workers provides valuable information about the social and economic skills, costs and pressures of making a living through agriculture. It includes specific costs, land area and an evaluation of future plans.

CIA The World Factbook

The country profiles are based on statistics collected by the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Information includes a short overview, information on geography, people, government, economy, communications, transport, military and transnational issues. They include maps, flags and photos.

Common Threads

Plan International Australia's 'Common Threads: Weaving Child Rights into Global Education' is an Australian Curriculum–aligned teacher's guide for teaching young people aged 10–13 years. Common Threads has three modules: Exploring rights, Child poverty and Exploring the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Each module gives teachers a succinct outline of the topic in a global and an Australian context, reflective questions and useful references for going further. Lesson plans have activity sheets and videos to engage students. This well-structured print resource can be downloaded for free from the Plan website.

Convention on Biological Diversity

The Convention on Biological Diversity is concerned with genetic resources, species and ecosystems. The objectives are to conserve biological diversity through sustainable use and to ensure that all people share in the benefits of genetic resources.

Cultural Connections

Cultural Connections is a free curriculum resource from ChildFund Australia which explores concepts of culture through a series of engaging activities and videos created by children in Australia, Laos, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste and Vietnam. It is suitable for years 3–4 geography, year 5–6 civics and citizenship and the Intercultural Understanding general capability.

Cyberschool Bus Disarmament and Non_Proliferation

The United Nations Cyberschoolbus Disarmament and Non-Proliferation website provides teaching materials for Year 5- 9 students about nuclear weapons, small arms and landmines. There is a WebQuest about child soldiers and the opportunity to engage with the Hibakusha, survivors of the atomic bombs dropped on Japan in 1945. There is supporting background information and teaching tools to assist teachers.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has developed over 240 country profiles which include facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy and foreign relations.

Development and health

This BBC Scotland resource provides basic factual information and interactive exercises to explore the relationship between economic development and human health. Topics include human and physical factors, social and economic indicators, malaria, cholera and developed lifestyles. Each section includes statistical data, graphical representations and interactive exercises. It is a useful resource for the year 10 unit 'Geographies of human wellbeing'.

Difference Differently

From the Together for Humanity Foundation, Difference Differently is a powerful and engaging resource that allows teachers and students in years 3–10 to explore the challenges and opportunities created by diversity. It provides 14 online modules in English, history, geography and civics and citizenship and includes teacher notes, Australian Curriculum links and class-based activities to supplement online learning.

Eat Local Feed Global

Eat Local Feed Global is a students' kit to support World Food Day and Australian Curriculum year 9 unit 1 Biomes and food security. It explores the way the world grows, stores, transports, sells and consumes food.

End the cycle of poverty and disability

This website is developed by CBM who work with people with a disability in developing countries. It includes videos, stories and information pages to develop understanding about ending the cycle of poverty, particularly for people with disabilities in Bangladesh, Cambodia and the Solomon Islands. There are five lesson plans for upper primary students exploring themes of exclusion, education and advocacy.

Feeding Minds, Fighting Hunger

Feeding Minds, Fighting Hunger has information, interactive activities about the right to food and lesson modules to help create a greater awareness and understanding of hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity for primary and secondary students. Topics include: What are hunger and malnutrition and who are the hungry? Why are people hungry and malnourished? What can we do to help end hunger? The importance of conserving our aquatic resources through responsible fisheries and aquaculture (years 3–6)

Food 4 Thought

Oxfam’s interactive online resource, Food 4 Thought, aims to support students to become ethical, informed and active global citizens through the English curriculum. The two programs use an inquiry-based approach to explore a range of non-fiction, persuasive and multimodal texts, as well as youth-generated blogs, celebrity video diaries, campaign materials and animations. Year 7–8: Seeker, Lover, Keeper: How Food Shapes Who You Are Year 9–10: Another Crack in the Wall: The Global Food System in Crisis

Food and Agriculture Organization

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) aims to eliminate hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition; make agriculture, forestry and fisheries more productive and sustainable; reduce rural poverty and increase resilience to disasters. There are country reports, multimedia, statistics and infographics and information about the multiple themes of improving food security.

Food Force

This United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) website has six games to help students understand the complexities of delivering food aid to an area in crisis. There is also information about current WFP activities. Suitable for secondary students.

Free Rice

Free Rice is a non-profit website that is owned by and supports the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). Presented as a game, players are given a word with four alternative definitions to select from. For each correct answer, advertisers donate 10 grains of rice to the WFP. Players can also choose other subjects such as literature, maths, chemistry, languages and geography. Suitable for students from year 3 and above.


GeogSpace provides specifically developed materials to support primary and secondary teachers to implement the Australian Curriculum: Geography, and reflects best practice in current pedagogies and the use of ICT. Core units for each of the stages of schooling outline: Key understandings, Inquiry and skills and Exemplars. Support units provide illustrations of practice designed to support teachers' professional learning in eight areas of geographical education.

Global Campaign for Education

The Global Campaign for Education consists of non-government organisations (NGOs) and teachers' unions from over 150 countries striving to attain universal, quality education. It promotes education as a basic human right, and pressures governments to fulfil their promises to provide free, compulsory and public basic education for all.

Global Development Quiz

The Global Development Quiz uses the Gapminder World graph’s animated statistics to explore issues such as global health, the effects of HIV, population growth and carbon dioxide emissions. It develops numeracy skills and is suitable for year 7–10 students in history and geography and is supported by a teacher guide.

Global dimension

The Global Dimension website, funded by the education charity Think Global in the UK, provides access to teaching resources, case studies and background information. Resources can be searched by a number of criteria including learning area, topic, year level and price range. Access is through free registration and you can sign up for a quarterly newsletter.

Global Environment Facility (GEF)

The Global Environment Facility sees governments, the private sector, non-government organisations, and international institutions address complex environmental issues and support sustainable development. It finances actions to address seven critical threats to the global environment: biodiversity, climate change, degradation of international waters, ozone depletion, land degradation, chemicals and sustainable forest management.

Global forest change map

This interactive global map from the University of Maryland uses satellite data to show forest losses and gains around the world between 2000 and 2012. Logging is the main cause of forest loss; forests fires, disease and storms also contribute. The map indicates that Brazil has been successful in slowing its rate of deforestation, while Indonesia had the fastest increase in forest loss.

Global Peace Index 2013

The 7th Global Peace Index, produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace, shows that since 2008, 110 countries have become less peaceful, while 48 have improved their peace score. There was more violence within nations than between them, and $9.46 trillion was spent in 2012 containing violence worldwide, equal to 11% of the Gross World Product. The website includes an interactive peace map that allows you to explore the state of peace around the world, compare levels of peace between countries and view the world according to each of the 22 indicators that make up the Global Peace Index. Under the News tab there are links to news, videos and research.

Global Words

Global Words, produced by World Vision Australia and the Primary English Teaching Association Australia, integrates English curriculum with global citizenship. It consists of four units for years 3–4, 5–6 and 7–8. Using a range of texts and text types, topics include refugees and migration, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, neighbours and the Asia-Pacific region, and sustainability.

Go Back to Where You Came From (Series 2)

This website offers a set of interactive tutorials and notes that enables students and teachers to interact with the content of the two Go Back to Where You Came From series. There are student activities, supported by teacher notes with background information, facts and statistics on refugee issues in Australia. The resource was created by Amnesty International, The Refugee Council of Australia and SBS, and is suitable for middle and upper secondary students.

HIV and AIDS assembly kit

Red Cross UK has produced a script and teaching activities to assist students learn about HIV and AIDS for their own health and to understand how the infection affects millions of people around the world. It can be adapted and performed in class, as the basis of a drama project, in an assembly, as part of a dynamic group activity or simply as a briefing note to a teacher.

How Do We Make Peace?

This resource produced by Unicef UK has ten activities exploring peace suitable for students in years 5–8. It engages students through stories of peace making in Tanzania, Cambodia, Northern Ireland and Scotland. It helps students understand how and why conflicts develop and remain unresolved; understand the stages involved in resolving conflict; and engage in strategies that create, develop or enhance a non-violent society.

Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch is an international organisation dedicated to protecting the rights of people around the world. The website includes the latest news, reports on human rights violations worldwide, information about campaigns, analysis and other relevant resources.

International Campaign to Ban Landmines

The International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) calls for an international ban on the use, production, stockpiling and sale, transfer, or export of antipersonnel landmines; the signing, ratification, implementation and monitoring of the mine ban treaty; increased resources for humanitarian de-mining and mine awareness programs; and increased resources for landmine victim rehabilitation and assistance.

International Co-operative Alliance

The International Co-operative Alliance is the leading organisation representing and serving all cooperatives worldwide. It provides support to cooperatives, promotes cooperatives to the worldwide community and works to ensure governments provide a fair and conducive environment for cooperatives to do business competitively.

International Labour Organization

The International Labour Organization is the United Nations agency for overseeing international labour standards. It sees cooperatives as important providers of sustainable employment with the ability to improve the living and working conditions of employees.

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

The International Monetary Fund works to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty.

International Organization for Migration

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is an intergovernmental organisation that assists with a variety of migration management activities throughout the world. These include assisted voluntary returns and integration, the countering of people-trafficking, labour migration and migration health.

International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR)

The International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) works toward building disaster-resilient communities. It promotes disaster-reduction awareness as part of the broader process of sustainable development, in order to reduce human, economic and environmental losses from natural hazards.

International Year of Water Cooperation

The United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation site provides information about cooperating to improve access to water, the challenges facing water management as demand increases, and climate change puts pressure on resources.

Jakarta faces

The Jakarta faces module gives year 7–8 students the opportunity to examine the causes and consequences of urbanisation. Teacher notes provide useful background and the activities use cooperative learning to examine sources such as Google Earth, wikis, maps and statistics about Jakarta and the cost of living to develop understanding about planning for the future of a mega-city.

Just Like Me?

International Needs Australia's Just Like Me? is a teaching resource for years 3–6. It uses inquiry sequences and videos of children in rural India, Ghana and Uganda to explore topics such as work, contributions to the family, travel and getting around, housing conditions, income, gender equality, education and water.

Language Learning Space

The Language Learning Space is an online resource to support the teaching and learning of the Australian Curriculum for Chinese language. It includes lessons and learning challenges for students and access to teachers in Beijing to practise speaking Chinese. Teacher professional learning materials include modules such as: intercultural language learning, using games and sister schools, and connections with the emerging Australian curriculum.

Learn peace

Learn peace: how students can play a role in nuclear disarmament is a collection of 18 activities by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. They introduce years 3–9 students to the issues of nuclear disarmament while developing their skills in debating, writing and art through English, humanities and art.


Lifelines is a short film with supporting teacher materials which gives a portrait of village life in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It tells the story of one man's efforts juggling responsibilities and fighting for dream, both for himself and for his community.

Live Below the Line

The Live Below the Line campaign aims to change the way people think about poverty by challenging them to live on the equivalent of the extreme poverty line for five days. Its website has information about poverty and the programs it supports with funds raised.

Long Journey Young Lives

Long Journey Young Lives produced by the Australian Film Commission is an interactive documentary that provides unique insight into the experiences of child refugees, who talk about the conflict in their homeland, the dangerous journey away from their homeland and detention. It also presents some opinions of young Australians. Even though this was made in 2002 it still presents a range of interesting ideas.

Make Poverty History

The Make Poverty History campaign is a coalition of development organisations, faith groups and celebrities who advocate for global change through supporting trade justice, debt forgiveness and improved volumes of aid in order to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. The site contains links to educational resources, videos and publications.

Mapping Our World

Oxfam's Mapping Our World consists of nine fun activities that explore the relationship between maps and globes, and how different projections influence our perception of the world. It is suitable for years 4–8 geography and comes with good teacher notes.

Maternal health and child survival

The Maternal health and child survival kit produced by UNICEF and Girl Guides (2013) explores MDGs 4 and 5 maternal health and child survival. Upper primary and lower secondary students can learn about the issue, practice their advocacy skills and raise funds for Unicef projects.

Modern Day Uab

Modern Day Uab is an animation of a traditional story from Palau about a greedy child with a voracious appetite which leads to the sinking of the island and inundation of the sea. It is followed by a reflection about how current use of the environment is having the same effect. It outlines changes in water management that are being implemented to address water issues.

My Place Asia Australia

My Place Asia Australia is a rich resource designed for use with upper primary and lower secondary students, but is easily adapted for use at the lower primary levels. The resource is based on an innovative cultural exchange between students from Australia, Korea, China and India, creating and sharing images and explanatory information about places special to them. The teachers guide introduces the project and provides advice and suggestions for teachers.

New Internationalist

For 40 years, New Internationalist magazine has been presenting concise overviews of political, environmental, economic and human rights issues with plenty of voices from around the world, and great images and graphics. An iPad version of the magazine has recently been released. New Internationalist also produces a range of educational, fiction, food and No-Nonsense guide books, and atlases and maps. There is an online shop selling fair trade items.


Ngadjuri: Aboriginal people of the Mid North Region of South Australia is a full-colour, 148-page book, describing the country, Dreaming stories, language, traditional foods and life, archaeology, history from the 1930s to today, interviews with Ngadjuri descendants, historical role-play script, and genealogies. It is a valuable resource adaptable for teaching early to senior secondary students. Use the link for the order form and to download a four-page sheet of learning activities for early to senior years.

Nobel Medicine Prize interactives

The Nobel Prize website provides educational interactives, including a number related to the Medicine Prize. Students can play games about the transmission of malaria, the spread of the parasite causing malaria and ways of preventing their spread. There is also a game about tuberculosis.

Nobel Peace Prize interactives

The Nobel Prize website provides a number of educational interactives, including four related to peace: Conflict Map, Democracies in the World, The Development and Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and Prisoners of War. The interactives provide engaging ways for secondary students to learn, as well as background information about the focus issues.

OECD Development Assistance Committee

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development is an intergovernmental organisation, with 34 member countries, which aims to improve the economic and social wellbeing of their member populations. Its Development Assistance Committee (DAC) contributes to developing better policies, collection of data and improved development cooperation practices and policies.

Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is responsible for coordinating strategies to prevent and alleviate human suffering in disasters and emergencies. This includes the protection and support of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), advocacy for their rights and the facilitation of their resettlement.

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) supports human rights monitoring mechanisms including the Human Rights Council to observe how human rights are protected.

One Hen: microfinance for kids

This website developed by Opportunity International contains a variety of lesson plans, videos and quizzes based around microfinance in Ghana. Aimed at primary students, it develops an understanding of microfinance through the story of Kojo who receives a small loan to buy a hen. Kojo moves gradually from poverty to wellbeing to provider, creating opportunities for others as he does so. There is a link to the related picture storybook One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference.

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

The OECD works to improve development policy and strengthen aid effectiveness for development agencies and partner countries. It provides policy advice on how donors can best support good governance, reduce corruption and protect human rights through their aid programs.,3746,en_2649_34565_46582751_1_1_1_1,00.html

Our Day Project

Child Fund Connect's Our Day Project (26 minutes) combines video footage children in Australia, Laos, Vietnam and Timor-Leste have produced about their lives. It shows how daily life is very different – but also in many ways the same – in very different parts of the world.


Oxfam Australia is an independent, secular, community-based aid and development organisation, which is affiliated with Oxfam International. It promotes social justice and poverty alleviation through campaigning, education and advocacy. Its website includes exploration of current issues, a range of actions for change and resources for teachers.

Papua New Guinea: Health and human wellbeing

Papua New Guinea: Health and human wellbeing is a World Vision classroom resource to support the Geography Curriculum for middle secondary students. It invites groups of students to take the role of non-government aid workers to address issues of water-based diseases, nutrition, tuberculosis, HIV and AIDS. It includes five videos and an accessible information booklet.

Peace Building Toolkit for Educators

The US Institute of Peace, Global Peacebuilding Center has a collection of teaching resources and multimedia that is valuable for developing peace building skills. There are two versions of the Peace Building Toolkit for Educators, one for upper primary and one for secondary students. There is also a series of lessons based on the themes 'conflict is an inherent part of the human condition', 'violent conflict can be prevented' and 'there are many ways to be a peace builder'.


Plan in Australia is part of Plan International, a children's development organisation working in fifty countries. Its programs equip communities with the tools and skills to overcome poverty. Its website provides information about poverty and children's rights, education materials and copies of the annual report series The State of the World's Girls.

Prevention Web

PreventionWeb serves the information needs of the disaster risk reduction community, including the development of information exchange tools to facilitate collaboration.

Racism. No way!

The Racism. No way! website assists school communities to recognise and address racism in the learning environment. The site includes materials for teachers and students that can be viewed by learning areas, theme, age or resource type.

Reconciliation Australia school resources

Reconciliation Australia is the national organisation promoting reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the broader Australian community. The website provides valuable resources for developing understandings, learning about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, changing attitudes and developing action plans to build better relationships. There are many resources linked to the Australian Curriculum and teacher professional learning.

Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD)

The Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) program offers incentives for developing countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by deforestation and seek sustainable development by putting a price on the carbon stored in the forests.

Respect my rights

Amnesty International's website Respect My Rights engages upper secondary students to learn about human rights violations that deepen poverty. There are two interactive learning journeys featuring engaging graphics, choices and information. The first is 'The poverty trap', which explores the options of someone living in poverty. The second is 'The housing journey', which explores what it means to live in adequate housing. Users can add their comments to the scrapbook page.

Roll Back Malaria

Roll Back Malaria (RBM) is a global partnership working towards coordinated action against malaria. RBM aims to reduce malaria morbidity and mortality by reaching universal coverage of preventive and curative interventions and strengthening health systems. This strategy has helped decrease the number of confirmed cases of malaria and/or reported deaths since 2000.

Rwandan Stories

Rwandan Stories is a close-up look at genocide and recovery in Rwanda. It explores the origins and aftermath of and recovery from the 1994 genocide using video, photos and stories of both the survivors and perpetrators. Lessons for middle and upper secondary history, English and geography students help students to think through the ideas and actions that either lead to conflict or build peace.. They are downloadable for a small fee.

Save one island, save them all

This unit of work focuses on a hybrid text, One Small Island, by Alison Lester and Coral Tulloch which explores the impact of human factors on the environment of Macquarie Island. Year 5 English students analyse both literary and informational excerpts within the book and create texts that use persuasive writing techniques and address different social purposes for writing.

Science by doing

This website, created by the Australian Academy of Science, engages years 7–10 students with active learning, using the 5Es inquiry process: Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate and Evaluate. After free registration, there are four units for each year level, aligned to the Australian Curriculum and supported by a teacher guide, a student guide and student digital resources (interactive activities, video and audio). Of particular interest for the global classroom are 'Enough water fit for drinking' (year 7), 'Circle of life' (year 8) and 'Systems on the big scale' (year 10).

Science web

There are three units of work for years F–2, 3–4, 5–6, 7–8 and 9–10, aligned to the Australian Curriculum and developed by the Australian Science Teachers Association. They include topics about living things, weather, chemical matter and physical sciences.

Send my friend to school

Send My Friend to School is developed by the UK coalition of the Global Campaign for Education. Free lesson plans, activities, films based in Tanzania, Nigeria and India, as well as an online animation and a game, bring to life the great importance of education in addressing poverty. The resources are suitable for primary and secondary students.

Simply Sharing_Peace and development

This ecumenical program provides Year 3-9 students with information about conflict, development, justice and peace building, using case studies from Caritas, Uniting World, Anglicord and Act for Peace. There is also an interactive using engaging graphics, statistics and responses that explores the relationship between peace and development.

Smoke – the killer in the kitchen

More than half the world's population depends on fuels that give off lethal fumes, causing respiratory infections and nearly two million deaths a year. Practical Action outlines three simple technologies that can reduce indoor smoke.

Songs for Aboriginal Studies and Reconciliation

Songs for Aboriginal Studies and Reconciliation is a full-colour songbook and CD with 17 songs written by Adnyamathanha man, Buck McKenzie. It is suitable for kindergartens through to adults. The order form, backing tracks and piano scores can be downloaded from the website.

Stop Disasters Game

Stop Disasters is an online strategy game from the UNESCO Cyberschoolbus site. It aims to teach upper primary and lower secondary students about preparing for the impact of natural hazards (fires, floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis) by taking a range of factors into account.

SurfAid Schools Program

The SurfAid Schools Program provides a range of teaching activities and media resources for primary and secondary students to learn about the geography, economy, culture, health and living conditions of people living in the Mentawai islands, Indonesia. Students engage critically with issues such as malaria, tourism, disaster recovery and development.


TeachUNICEF is a collection of free interdisciplinary (English, languages, mathematics, social studies and science) resources for years F–12. They include lesson plans, stories, videos and podcasts to and cover topics ranging from armed conflict to the Millennium Development Goals and water and sanitation. Although the primary audience is North American there are many valuable resources and ideas for action for Australian teachers.

The Commission on Sustainable Development

The Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) is the high-level forum for sustainable development within the United Nations system. It promotes and reviews progress on the three pillars of sustainable development: economic development, social development and environmental protection.

The Enduring Effects of War

The Enduring Effects of War is a series of ten lesson plans created by the History Teachers' Association of Victoria in conjunction with the Medical Association for Prevention of War and Act for Peace. Years 9–12 students explore issues of biological and chemical warfare, the changing nature of war, disease, peace movements and international diplomacy through videos and classroom activities.

The Expanded Programme on Immunization

The World Health Organization's Expanded Programme on Immunization targets the six communicable diseases of childhood (polio, diphtheria, tuberculosis, pertussis [whooping cough], measles and tetanus) with a once-in-a-lifetime vaccination costing about US$17. Those who miss out on being immunised tend to be people living in remote locations, urban slums and border areas.

The Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP)

The Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) provides grants to twelve developing countries to improve agricultural output and improve their long-term food security prospects.

The treasure of Trivandrum

This middle primary drama unit focuses on Indian culture and history exploring the ethics of wealth distribution, social justice and child labour, as well as cultural identification of the Keralan people of India. The resource contains a model video, planning schema with lesson plans, teacher prompt notes and drama tips to assist planning and implementation; and photos and an assessment checklist for assessing student learning.

The United Nations World Food Programme

The United Nations World Food Programme provides emergency food relief to countries in crisis (such as famine or conflict), as well as working to prevent hunger and provide expertise in food security, nutrition, food procurement and food transport.

The World AIDS Campaign

The World AIDS Campaign supports, strengthens and connects campaigns around the world to: • Prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS among vulnerable groups and the general population • Promote countries' health policies and multi-sectoral approaches • Expand basic care and treatment for those affected by HIV/AIDS, and their families

The World Bank and education

The World Bank helps countries integrate education into national economic strategies and to develop holistic and successful education systems.

Together for Humanity

Together for Humanity offers engaging workshops to respond effectively to differences of culture and belief. Workshops for primary and secondary students build respect and appreciation of others and help students question existing prejudices. The website includes teaching materials, videos and an online teaching resource Difference Differently, which has 14 modules in English, history, geography and civics and citizenship for years 3–10 and is aligned to the Australian Curriculum.

Transparency International

Transparency International is a global civil society organisation which raises awareness of the damaging effects of corruption. It works with partners in government, business and civil society to develop and implement effective measures to tackle corruption. The website provides details about corruption by topic and country as well as its publication of the annual corruption perception index.


The United Nations programme on HIV/AIDS coordinates efforts to prevent, treat and support people living with HIV/AIDS. It provides a range of statistics and resources to support programs throughout the world.


The UNdata website provides easy access to data compiled and produced by United Nations agencies, including agriculture (FAO), education (UNESCO), employment (ILO), energy, environment (UNFCCC), industry, national accounts, official country data, estimates of main aggregates, population and demographic statistics, estimates and projections, and trade and tourism (UNWTO). It includes country profiles, data files and an extensive glossary of terms.

Understanding the issue forced and child labour

This is series of fact sheets produced by World Vision for upper primary and secondary students to learn about the issue of forced and child labour. They include a general overview and case studies from different industries – cocoa, cotton, palm oil, seafood and technology. They outline key facts, the issue in that industry, simple supply chain diagrams, and what is being done. There is a link to the Don't Trade Lives campaign website, which links to other picture, video and debate resources.

UNDP Poverty Reduction

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) poverty reduction work addresses poverty through a range of inclusive cooperative development strategies. Its annual Human Development Report and country reports are valuable sources of up-to-date information and data to inform poverty reduction.

UNESCO World Heritage Convention

The World Heritage List records 936 properties from around the world listed for their cultural and natural heritage. Navigate through an interactive map to details of these sites.


UNICEF works in countries around the world to promote and protect the rights of children. Its programs support child health and nutrition, provision of clean water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence and exploitation. Its website provides copies of its annual publication The State of the World’s Children, education materials and suggestions of ways to be involved in poverty alleviation.

United Nations Children's Fund

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) helps build a world where the rights of every child are realised, by improving basic health and living conditions and addressing poverty, violence, disease and discrimination.

United Nations Cyberschoolbus, Peace education

This detailed collection of materials for middle primary to upper secondary teachers offers valuable background material for teaching peace education. There are five units for different school levels exploring peace: Ecological thinking and respect for life (years 3–6); Tolerance and respect for dignity and identity (years 5–10); Critical thinking, active non-violence (years 7–10); Social justice and civic responsibility (years 9–12); and Leadership and global citizenship (years 9–12). There are also links to UN documents, websites and quotes.

United Nations Decade for Action ‘Water for life 2005-2015’

This UN website has background to many issues related to providing water to all people. There are many links to UN programs, studies, photos and videos. There is also a youth and kids section with interactive games.

United Nations Development Programme

The United Nations Development Programme's (UNDP) work in democratic governance supports the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. The main focus areas of its programs are access to information and e-governance; access to justice and rule of law; anti-corruption; civic engagement; electoral systems and processes; human rights; local governance; parliamentary development; public administration; and women’s empowerment.

United Nations Development Programme Human Development Report

The United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) annual Human Development Report explores major issues of global concern. The reports present statistics in many engaging ways to explore human development.

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

The UNEP provides a source of current research and data relating to climate change, disasters and conflict, ecosystem management, environmental governance and harmful substances. The website includes multimedia resources and publications that focus on the Asia–Pacific region.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees coordinates international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. The website offers maps, statistics, documents, images and country specific information on many aspects of refugee life. The teachers’ section offers a range of lesson plans, videos and poster resources.

United Nations Millennium Development Goals

At the 2000 UN Millennium Summit, 189 world leaders from rich and poor countries committed themselves to a set of eight time-bound targets. These Millennium Development Goals focus on reducing poverty and hunger, child mortality and the spread of disease and improving education and gender equality: MDG 1 Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger; MDG 2 Achieve universal primary education; MDG 3 Promote gender equality and empower women; MDG 4 Reduce child mortality; MDG 5 Improve maternal health; MDG 6 Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases; MDG 7 Ensure environmental sustainability; MDG 8 Develop a global partnership for development.

United Nations Peace and Security

The United Nations has an active role in working for a peaceful world. Through the Security Council and peace-building activities its operations are based on the principle that an impartial UN presence on the ground can ease tensions and allow negotiated solutions in a conflict situation.

United Nations Population Fund

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is an international development agency that promotes the rights of all to health and equal opportunity. UNFPA supports countries to reduce poverty, and to ensure safe reproductive health and that every girl and woman is treated with dignity and respect.

United Nations Water (UN-Water)

UN-Water supports coordination among UN agencies’ efforts to monitor the state and use of the world's water resources. It produces a triennial comprehensive review of the state of the world’s freshwater resources known as the World Water Development Report (WWDR). The United Nations water website provides information about international efforts towards achieving safe water and sanitation for all.

Water for All

Oxfam UK's Water for All contains interactive whiteboard-friendly classroom activities for upper primary and lower secondary students. Using photos, quizzes, case studies and maths, students explore a range of water-related issues and their impacts and celebrate improving access to safe water.

Water, Water Everywhere?

Water, Water Everywhere? is a unit of work for lower secondary students produced by the Asia Education Foundation. It provides teaching and learning ideas activities exploring the issue of water in India. It looks at the causes and effects of water problems, and examines the strategies that communities and governments are developing to meet these challenges. Opportunities are provided, where possible, for students to become actively involved in regional community projects.,_water_unit_overview.html


WaterAid is an international non-government organisation working to improve access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation around the world. Their website has information, videos and photos of its work in countries around the world.

World Bank

The World Bank aims to fight poverty and improve the living standards of people in the developing world. It is a development bank that provides low-interest loans, interest-free credit, grants, policy advice, technical assistance and knowledge-sharing services to low- and middle-income countries. Its website includes a wealth of statistics and information on these issues.

World Bank, Poverty

The Poverty section of the World Bank website has a collection of research, statistics, videos and interactive maps that have a regional and country focus.

World Health Organization (WHO)

The World Health Organization provides leadership on global health matters, shaping health research, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends. Its website provides extensive information about health and development topics with data, maps and analysis by topic and country.

World of Values

World of Values is a student-centred website that explores values through personal, intercultural and global perspectives. Students are challenged to expand their world view and explore issues beyond their own perspectives. The themes of Communities (Level 1), Peacemakers (Level 2), Boundaries (Level 3), Future Makers (Level 4) and The Big Questions (Level 5) use film clips, animations and photographs to develop understandings. There are teacher guides and the option of creating flexible learning pathways.,29317.html

World Trade Organization

The World Trade Organization (WTO) is a global international organisation dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and ratified by the bulk of the world's trading nations. The goal is to help producers of goods and services, exporters and importers conduct their business.

World Vision

World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. Its website provides information on global issues, responses to these, actions for change, and resources for learning.

World Vision Malnutrition, Health and Poverty

This upper primary and lower secondary student activity sheet, accompanied by teacher notes, develops understanding of malnutrition and its connection with health and poverty. It uses a mapping activity to explore prevalence and statistics to explore potential change. A graphic organiser is used as a tool to encourage students to consider challenges and solutions.

Year 8 Geography: Urban growth in China

Asia Education Foundation's Urban growth in China module provides year 8 students with resources to examine rapid urbanisation in China. Resources assist students to gain insights into how rural migrants adjust to life in big cities and the displacement of many city-dwellers due to rapid building development.