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Discover the rich breadth of ways in which learners can engage with the SDGs.
If you made a list of goals to make our world a better place, what would be on it? Ending poverty? Tackling climate change and environmental degradation? Achieving gender equality? What would be your priorities and why?
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of ambitious and urgent goals and targets aimed at changing our world for the better. Packed with practical advice, useful information, cross-curricular activity ideas and inspiring case studies; this guide aims to deepen teachers’ understanding of education about and for the SDGs.

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These short documentary films from the United Nations’ Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs present forgotten humanitarian crises. Examples include hard-hitting topics such as: problems with recent elections in Kenya, female

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WaterAid has a range of free, online teaching materials for primary and secondary schools, all about global water and sanitation issues. Cross-curricular themes explore global issues around access to clean, safe water, sanitation and hygiene education.

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Refugees arrive by boat at Shah Porir Dwip Island in Bangladesh. Credit: British Red Cross

The British Red Cross have produced 2 teaching activities, for ages 11-19 which provides learners with the opportunity to reflect on the crisis by considering some of the individuals involved and thinking about what people really need in a situation like this.

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Rohingya crisis resources

Oxfam’s resources include practical activities to explore the crisis, films, and a slideshow with pictures from Kutupalong camp in Bangladesh, enabling pupils to learn more about the needs of people in a refugee camp.

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Oxfam 75 years_women with pineapples

This resource offers learners a chance to look back through the archives of Oxfam’s work celebrating their 75th anniversary and consider how to end poverty.

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  • Teacher's Pack
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A free intermediate Spanish language resource for Key Stage 4 from Médecins Sans Frontières, based on a video exploring the charity’s lifesaving medical work around the world.

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80-20 Development in an Unequal World

The title of this popular development education resource reflects the fact that over 80% of the world’s population lives in the “Developing World” and less than 20% live in the “Developed World”, but consume far more of the world’s resources.

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  • Book (£20)
Natural Disasters: Earthquakes image

Developed by the British Red Cross with the support of the Geographical Association, this exciting teaching package features a range of activities designed to encourage young people to explore the impact earthquakes have on individuals and communities.

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Rayyan 7 years old from Iraq with her luggage in Kara Tepe camp in Lesvos, Greece: refugee crisis Lesvos

Liven up your literacy lessons with gripping stories and colourful activities from ActionAid that show what life is like for many child refugees. Use these resources to build literacy and empathy, and to help your class to answer questions such as: ‘How is life different for child refugees?’ and, ‘if you were a refugee, what would you take?’

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Refugees - In their own words

Suitable for lessons in Geography, Citizenship and English, ActionAid’s secondary school resources on the refugee crisis will help your students to understand the lives and experiences of refugees as they tell their own stories, in their own words.

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CAFOD Factsheets

The Catholic aid agency CAFOD has produced a set of useful factsheets on a range of development issues. These are great for research, homework or a brief overview of some major themes in global development.

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New Internationalist is a magazine that has been exploring issues of global justice for over 40 years. This wiki is a free, growing collection of simplified articles from the magazine about global justice. It can be used by teachers of any subject but is probably most useful for English/Literacy and ESOL. As well as the […]

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This photo-teaching resource accompanies Think Global’s 2015-2016 Global Wallplanner. It uses photos to explore ‘positive stories of development’, inspired by the 12 global themes of the European Year for Development 2015.

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These schools resources enable students to learn about the recipients of Lendwithcare microfinance loans and the different ways in which the international community can help people living in poverty.

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When disaster strikes the most vulnerable face the greatest loss. Often, it is children who suffer the most. This toolkit from Plan Canada aims to help you explore the issue of emergencies and disasters.

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The Nepal Earthquake

This Oxfam resource consists of an assembly, a slideshow presentation and an accompanying script, relating to the Nepal earthquake of April 2015.

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A selection of informative, illustrated posters and leaflets from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) UK. They provide a clear insight into the work of the charity in responding to health emergencies, conflicts and disasters. They are mainly suitable for secondary students but there is also a leaflet designed for primary pupils.

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This religious education (RE) unit is designed to enable pupils to learn how religious aid agencies are changing the world for the better. Pupils will learn about the work of two major faith-based charities, Islamic Relief and Christian Aid.

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This is a free, online Christian Aid GCSE Religious Studies resource, supporting elements of the syllabus relating to morality, ethics, community and Christian teaching on responding to others’ needs.

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