• 31 Aug 2010

Resources to explore global issues


Dear National Council for the Social Studies Member:


I want to take a moment to introduce TeachUNICEF: free standards-based interdisciplinary resources which offer young people a thorough knowledge of issues which impact children around the world.   A s they learn and discuss how their global peers address basic human needs – safe drinking water, enough nutritious food to eat, medicines — students gain an understanding of what it means to be a global citizen. We hope to provide materials to create the best global citizens who will better understand the world, others, and themselves. TeachUNICEF provides academic instruction, meaningful service and poses critical reflective thinking options for youth of key global issues addressed in the news and media every day. These resources cover critical global topics such as:


·         Poverty                                                            

·         Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

·         Millennium Development Goals

·         Child Labor

·         Children in armed conflict

·         Convention on the Rights of the Child (an international treaty)


With TeachUNICEF , educators have access to units, lesson plans, case studies, videos, podcasts, and youth centered service opportunities, each of which focus on a global issue affecting millions of children and families every day .


TeachUNICEF has taken the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s original mission of educating the American public about global issues into the 21 st century.  TeachUNICEF has proven to be a rigorous, thought-provoking program that has sparked strong interest among educators and students. Independent evaluative data found that 97 percent of teachers said they would use the resources again and 65 percent of students whose teachers used TeachUNICEF materials wanted to take action based on what they have learned.  A few quotes noted during the evaluation were:


“It is not only inspirational and important, but it is also put together so well for teachers!”    - Elementary School teacher


“I think that as a global citizen my duty is to make the world a good place to live in.”   - Middle School student


Now is the time to inspire American youth to lead and learn. We invite you to partner with us in this effort to educate youth to become well informed, global citizens. Please take a moment to visit TeachUNICEF at www.teachunicef.org and then please contact me at 202.296.4242 or wvanpelt@unicefusa.org . I look forward to speaking with you soon to discuss how we can collaborate to create globally-literate youth.




William Van Pelt

Assistant Director, Strategic Partnerships

1775 K Street, NW

Suite 360

Washington , DC 20006


T : 202 296 4242

F: 202 296 4060



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