October 10th, 2013

8 Top Resources for Teaching Girls’ Empowerment in The Developing World

October 11 is International Day of the Girl, and the PBS NewsHour is celebrating by interviewing Malala Yousafzai, a courageous young advocate for girls’ education from Pakistan’s Swat Valley.  Religious extremists in her homeland use violent tactics to prevent girls from going to school. Last year, Malala was shot in the head when men boarded her school bus and asked for her by name.  She recovered and is now a worldwide symbol for girls’ empowerment through education.

To help teachers recognize International Day of the Girl in their classrooms, NewsHour Extra compiled resources to teach women and girls’ empowerment throughout the developing world.

1. Article | 14-Year-Old Girl Shot For Going To School in Pakistan


Malala Yousafzai, a 14-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl who dared to speak out against a ban on female education, was shot in the head by gunmen who stopped a school van and tried to kill her.

2. Student Voice | Pakistanis Stand With Malala


Arooj, a junior reporter from Youth Journalism International, recently wrote about the Pakistani public’s reaction to Malala’s shooting, and the widespread backlash against the Taliban and their interpretation of Islamic law.

3. Resource + Lesson Plan | Girl Rising


Girl Rising tells the stories of nine girls from nine different countries and the power education has to change their lives. The accompanying curriculum provides teachers with a unique opportunity to educate students about the issues surrounding, and the impact of, girls’ education in the developing world.

 4. Lesson Plan | Why Is It Important to Educate Girls?

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When girls are allowed to go to school, they have a significant impact on their family and community. In this lesson plan, students will learn and think critically about the variety of reasons why it is in everyone’s best interest to ensure that all girls, across the globe, have access to an education.

5. Article | Attack on Girls School Marks Pivotal Moment for Women in Afghanistan


More than 170 girls and women became ill at a school in northern Afghanistan after opponents to women’s education allegedly poisoned the school’s water supply, according to local health officials. The incident highlights the dangers women face in the country after American and NATO forces leave.

6. Article | Malala Devotes ‘Second Life’ to Girls’ Rights


“Today you can see that I’m alive,” said Malala Yousafzai in her first interview since surviving a Taliban attack that left her with a bullet lodged in her skull last October.

“This is a second life,” she continued, “And I want to serve. I want to serve the people. I want every girl, every child, to be educated.”

7. Lesson Plan | Youth And Education in Afghanistan


This lesson from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting investigates the daily struggle faced by many Afghan students seeking an education, and the danger faced by teachers and schools working to provide these children with an experience many Americans take for granted.

8. Reporting Project | Education: Pakistan’s Other Emergency


Pakistan is home to more out-of-school children than almost any country in the world. And there’s more than just the Taliban keeping the country’s young people from an education. This original reporting project from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting maps the hard road that lies ahead for youth in Pakistan and shows how the Taliban are only one of many obstacles standing in the way of Pakistani families who want a decent education for their children.

– Compiled by Allison McCartney for NewsHour Extra

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