Ideas for International Youth Day

Lesson ideas, activities and reflection tasks to involve young minds on International Youth Day, celebrated on 12 August
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Inspire young minds on International Youth Day using these reflective and thought-provoking activities

12 August marks International Youth Day and is designed to help highlight the achievements of young people from across the world, as well as being a platform for discussing on-going global issues. With this year’s theme focusing on conflict prevention and social justice, we’ve scoured the site and picked the very best resources to help young people engage with different societal issues.

The United Nations and global citizenship

As this is an awareness day designated by the United Nations, it’s worth taking the time to introduce students to the UN and its work using this comprehensive lesson. Similarly, these global citizenship plans are ideal for exploring the interconnectedness of the world with younger learners.

Alternatively, why not use the medium of film to help pupils think more broadly about democracy and equality with help from this handy guide?

Conflict and peace

Help younger classes to understand conflict and resolution using this selection of worksheets. Alternatively, encourage older students to empathise with individuals affected by war with this role-play activity, in which they’ll study asylum seekers and the difficulties they face.

Further reflect on the ramifications of conflict by studying Sadako Sasaki and her cranes for peace before getting pupils to create their own origami with this lesson pack.

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United Nations
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United Nations

Complete Introduction to the UN, its role, aims, principles, Human Rights enforcement work as well as some criticisms and the UK's role. The pack is well-differentiated with an editable, detailed Powerpoint, worksheets, information sheets, 10 page work booklet, differentiated clip tasks, the UK's r...
Global Citizenship: Activities for ages 7-11

Global Citizenship: Activities for ages 7-11

Try these classroom activities on global citizenship themes for learners aged 7-11. Build an understanding of social justice, equality and sustainability within the existing curriculum. Support learners to recognise how interconnected our world is and the importance of challenging stereotypes. Help...
Film, Democracy and Debate - Debating Motions

Film, Democracy and Debate - Debating Motions

A resource produced in partnership with DebateMate featuring a selection of recommended films for primary and secondary students, and debating motions to structure a debate in your class or film club around a key issue of the film. To find out more about starting your free Into Film Club visit www...
Human rights education: Refugees
Amnesty International

Human rights education: Refugees

A human rights education resource focusing on refugees and asylum. For use with young people aged 11-16 across a range of subject areas or as part of a cross-curricular or drop-down day- updated August 2017.
Sadako's Origami Cranes for Peace

Sadako's Origami Cranes for Peace

ABOUT ** Update: this new edition of the pack was published in the Teach Secondary Resource Guide 2019 with an outstanding review (see** Sadako's Cranes for Peace is a teaching pack that enables primary and secondary students to learn the inspiring story of Sadako Sasaki, ...