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Last Updated: Friday May 18 2007 12:47 GMT

Globalisation: Getting an education

Dani and Zuwera

Citizenship Globalisation - Social implications


Newsround went on a trip to Ghana with Tracy Beaker star Dani Harmer.

She was there to meet kids who've been helped to get an education by charities. But she also met children who still haven't got enough money to go to school, even though they'd love to go.

This is a lesson idea to introduce children to the issues around access to education in the Third World.

Learning aims
  • Attitudes to education.
  • Reasons why children in some developing countries can't go to school.
  • The consequences of not having an education

Dani Harmer in Africa
Ghana map

Read out the story about Dani Harmer to the class.

In pairs ask them to write down five things they know about life in Africa. Ask - Why do they think Dani Harmer wants to draw children's attention to the value of education? Ask - What are the long-term advantages of helping people get access to education?

Try our online quizzes about life in Africa

Main activity

Human barometer - lesson idea from Send My Friend To School

Clear a space in the classroom, or use the hall or a space outside.

Have one side of the space as an agree wall and the opposite side as a disagree wall.

Read out each statement from below and ask pupils to place themselves along an imaginary line between the two walls, depending on how much they agree or disagree with each statement.

Encourage students to talk to each other about why they chose their particular position.

Agree/disagree statements:
These are available as a printable worksheet.

    African scene

  • Everyone should be able to go to school.
  • Students should be able to miss homework if they have an after-school job.
  • Teachers should not raise their voices.
  • Students should be allowed to wear whatever they want in school.
  • Students should not have to go to school on time.
  • Students should sometimes be able to lead parts of a lesson.
  • Everyone should be able to talk in class whenever they like.
  • Teachers should be the only people who make rules in the school.
Encourage students to suggest other statements to use.

Extension activity

Issue tree

Students draw the outline of a tree and label the trunk with the issue Millions don't have education.

The roots should be labelled with the causes of the issue, the branches with the effects and the fruits with possible solutions.

Here's an example from the Send My Friend to school website:

  • Issue (trunk) - poverty and not going to school
  • Causes (roots) - school is too far away, parents do not think education is important, parents have to support many members of the family and are unable to send them all to school, money has to be spent on food instead of school, lack of paid work
  • Effects (branches) - children working hard at home instead of school, children are missing an education, children have no new opportunities
  • Solutions (fruit) - more schools, schools nearer home, adult education to educate parents


Students could consider reasons why children in the UK may find it difficult to attend school.

Ask students: What are the differences between these reasons and reasons for children in Africa? What are the similarities?

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