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ActionAid creates free education resources using the pictures and stories from our 45 country programmes around the world.
The refugee crisis - stories and literacy worksheets
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The refugee crisis - stories and literacy worksheets

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Liven up your literacy lessons with gripping stories and colourful activities 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 with you? To view our other resources on a variety of topics, please visit: https://www.actionaid.org.uk/school-resources
Life and change in Rio and the rainforest (KS2)
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Life and change in Rio and the rainforest (KS2)

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Explore Brazil: the largest country in South America with our bank of curriculum-linked resources. Meet the people of Rio, discover the role of the Amazon rainforest in our climate, and explore the complexities of deforestation. Packed with factsheets, stunning photopacks and a variety of activities. Go to www.actionaid.org.uk/school-resources to sign up to receive our monthly schools resources email
Nigeria Country Factsheet
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Nigeria Country Factsheet

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This simple and colourful factsheet is a great starting point for lessons on Nigeria. Includes a map and key country information, as well as the big issues the country faces. Can be used as an A4 handout or larger printed poster. Go to www.actionaid.org.uk/school-resources to sign up to receive our monthly schools resources email
FGM - Female Genital Mutilation
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FGM - Female Genital Mutilation

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Female genital mutilation is often shrouded in secrecy and may feel like a difficult and sensitive topic to tackle in the classroom. These resources focus on dispelling myths around female genital mutilation and on the powerful stories of girls, women and men who have been affected by this practise and are working to eradicate it. Go to www.actionaid.org.uk/school-resources to sign up for our monthly schools resources email
Children in Conflict: Syria
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Children in Conflict: Syria

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As the number of people fleeing Syria to escape the civil war reaches two million, this teaching resource encourages pupils to compare and contrast their lives with that of Israa, a 13-year-old Syrian refugee, living with her family in Zaatari Refugee Camp, northern Jordan. Pupils will find out what life was like for Israa before and after the civil war started and try to put themselves in her shoes by writing a newspaper article of blog post about her story. Suggested for KS2 Citizenship and English lessons. Also available to download is a classroom poster of Israa's story, in her own words. Go to www.actionaid.org.uk/school-resources to sign up for our monthly schools resources email
Pakistan Country Factsheet
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Pakistan Country Factsheet

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This simple and colourful factsheet is a great starting point for lessons on Pakistan. Includes a map and key country information, as well as the big issues the country faces. Can be used as an A4 handout or larger printed poster. Go to www.actionaid.org.uk/school-resources to sign up to receive our monthly schools resources email
Women's rights are human rights
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Women's rights are human rights

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Our Key Stage 2-4 PowerPoint and infographics poster will help pupils to understand how taking away a person’s rights impacts on their life and on their community. The resources explore how statistics relate to the real world, using the stories of women and men who are working towards gender equality around the world. Go to www.actionaid.org.uk/school-resources to sign up for our monthly schools resources email
Drought worksheets, posters and 360° photo
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Drought worksheets, posters and 360° photo

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12-year-old Daeka has taken an incredible 360 degree photo to show the effects of drought in her village in east Africa. To complement her photo, we've created two colourful posters, an incredible slideshow and worksheets with primary literacy outcomes. You can view the 360 degree photo which accompanies this resource here: http://po.st/Drought360
Explore rural and urban India: A sensory journey
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Explore rural and urban India: A sensory journey

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Compare the bustling urban metropolis of Bangalore and the rural town of Gudalur with this set of photographs and videos. This multimedia resource can be used in English or geography lessons and is adaptable for KS1 or KS2 classes. Experience the sights and sounds of an Indian rush hour and bask in the still, natural serenity of the Indian countryside, all from the comfort of your classroom. Take your pupils on an unforgettable journey with videos, photos and activities designed to showcase the beauty, intensity and the sometimes harsh reality of life in India. To watch the videos mentioned in this pack for free, visit: http://www.actionaid.org.uk/school-resources/slideshow/8638
Blank newspaper front-page worksheet
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Blank newspaper front-page worksheet

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Encourage your young news-hounds to write up their biggest scoop with this blank newspaper front page template. It even includes a space for pupils to draw their own profile picture! Worksheets like this one are regularly used as part of our free resources on a variety of international development topics, from hunger to human rights. Check them our here: www.actionaid.org.uk/schools
Brazil Country Factsheet
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Brazil Country Factsheet

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This simple and colourful factsheet is a great starting point for lessons on Brazil. Includes a map and key country information, as well as the big issues the country faces. Also links with our Explore Brazil resources. Can be used as an A4 handout or larger printed poster. Go to www.actionaid.org.uk/school-resources to sign up to receive our monthly schools resources email
Kenya Country Factsheet
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Kenya Country Factsheet

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This simple and colourful factsheet is a great starting point for lessons on Kenya. Includes a map and key country information, as well as the big issues the country faces. Also links with our FGM resources. Can be used as an A4 handout or larger printed poster. Go to www.actionaid.org.uk/school-resources to sign up to receive our monthly schools resources email
Chembakolli: Fairtrade
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Chembakolli: Fairtrade

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Discover how pure Nilgiri tea is harvested, produced and traded fairly in the remote Indian village of Chembakolli. This fantastic resource for Key Stage 2 classes also introduces primary pupils to the concept of Fairtrade and the work of international development charities. For more like this, visit: www.actionaid.org.uk/schools
Democratic Republic of Congo Country Factsheet
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Democratic Republic of Congo Country Factsheet

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This simple and colourful factsheet is a great starting point for lessons on Democratic Republic of Congo. Includes a map and key country information, as well as the big issues the country faces. Also links in with our Real life stories resources. Can be used as an A4 handout or larger printed poster. Go to www.actionaid.org.uk/school-resources to sign up to receive our monthly schools resources email
Fearless women, inspirational leaders - assembly & stories
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Fearless women, inspirational leaders - assembly & stories

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Inspire your school with stories from four fearless women who became inspirational leaders. Use this KS3 and KS4 resource as an assembly or in a citizenship class as a discussion starter on the issue of women's rights. Also included is a link to our crowd-sourced poem on violence against women. Get your class to add a line to the poem and add their voices against violence. Check out our other resources at: www.actionaid.org.uk/schools
Effects of Drought: Daeka's story
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Effects of Drought: Daeka's story

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12-year-old Daeka's friends are all missing school because of the drought, and she often misses meals. Use this colourful and fact-filled poster as a case study on the topic of drought. This resources is from a larger set of free resources on drought, available at: http://po.st/Drought360
India Country Factsheet
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India Country Factsheet

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This simple and colourful factsheet is a great starting point for lessons on India. Includes a map and key country information, as well as the big issues the country faces. Can be used as an A4 handout or larger printed poster. Go to www.actionaid.org.uk/school-resources to sign up to receive our monthly schools resources email