Does education really save lives? | ActionAid UK

Are your pupils asking tricky questions about the turbulence in countries around the world? As always ActionAid are here to help with blogs and reports from countries affected, and new teaching resources and workshops packed with the real people and real stories you need to bring global learning into your classroom. 

Sarbari Kireu Classh aged 13 and friends, Nkoben Primary School, Narok, Kenya
Sarbari Kireu Classh aged 13 and friends, Nkoben Primary School, Narok, Kenya

In many regions of the world it has been a turbulent summer. The spread of the deadly virus Ebola across West Africa; violence in Gaza; continued fighting in Syria with now over 3 million people displaced – at times it's easy to feel powerless and despairing.

Children returning to school may have questions; some may even have families, relatives or friends that have been directly affected. If you are attempting to answer some tricky questions our blogs offer a helpful starting point with the key information and reports from ActionAid workers in the field.

In the case of Ebola, we are on the ground in Sierra Leone, going house to house helping people understand what they can do to protect themselves and their families. We’re explaining what to do if people show symptoms, and making sure they know where to go for help. There’s no doubt that in this situation education is saving lives.

Bringing online resources into your classroom

The ActionAid Schools team play our own part in using education to work towards saving lives. We support you in bringing global learning into the classroom with resources that help children understand the complex issues in the world around them. In doing so, we hopefully answer some of the difficult questions, but also inspire pupils that they have the power to enact real change and save lives.

Our innovative resources have always played a key part in this process, and we’ve been working really hard on new search-friendly webpages that make it even easier to find and utilise them. I’m really proud of what the team have achieved and I hope you find them useful. As always, we’d love to hear what you think.

New Key Stage 1 and 2 curriculum linked resources

The ActionAid Schools team has been busy scribbling! With the introduction of the new national curriculum in September, we’ve created a fantastic set of Key Stage 1 and 2 Brazil resources to tick the South America boxes. Explore the lives of people in Rio de Janeiro or journey into the depths of the Amazon – I think it is safe to say this will be the most diverse set of free resources we have ever produced.

Sign-up for a new hands-on workshop

We’ve also crafted two new workshops. Complementing our Brazil resources, why not journey with your pupils to Rio de Janeiro or the Amazon rainforest and attempt to return ‘The Lost Suitcase’, or spend ‘A Day in the Life’ of 10-year-old Sidra making bricks in Pakistan. Find out about booking an ActionAid Schools workshop.

Finally, I continue to believe in my team providing free teaching resources, but if you value our materials and the real stories that bring so much life to our resources and workshops, we wanted to offer you the chance to donate whatever you can to our work in places like Brazil and Sierra Leone. It’s a simple click to donate once you have downloaded, and your money will ensure education has other opportunities to save lives.