Global Education

Teacher resources to encourage a global
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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.