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Viewing Guide for To Educate a Girl documentary film
To Educate a Girl, a documentary film supported by the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), introduces a pressing global issue: the struggles girls around the world face daily to get an education. To Educate a Girl looks at just a few children and youth in two countries, Uganda and Nepal, but the issue is present worldwide.
To facilitate the use of the film by the educators in the United States and globally, UNGEI partnered with the United States Fund for UNICEF to develop a viewing guide.
This standards-based Viewing Guide helps educators facilitate thought-provoking and meaningful dialogue and provides activities for students to learn about the disparity in education for boys and girls and take action to eliminate these disparities.
The resource guide, which now forms part of TeachUNICEF portfolio, helps educators facilitate thought-provoking and meaningful dialogue and provides activities for students to learn about the disparity in education for boys and girls and take action to eliminate these disparities. Two versions of the guide are available and are aimed at children aged between 6 and 8 and 9 and 12. TeachUNICEF is a portfolio of global education teacher resources designed and collected by the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s Education Department for teachers, afterschool instructors, and parents. TeachUNICEF resources cover grades PK-12, are interdisciplinary (social studies, science, math, English/language arts, foreign/world languages), and align with national standards. The units, lesson plans, stories, videos and multimedia cover topics ranging from the Millennium Development Goals to water and sanitation. All TeachUNICEF resources can be downloaded for free.
The Viewing Guide features background information related to girls’ education and gender equality and education, which educators can incorporate in their lessons plans and other activities. lso equips educators with a range of discussion questions, and a variety of interdisciplinary activities to help guide discussion and learning.
These rich materials encourage the exploration of critical global issues that impact children worldwide, and offer interested children and young people an opportunity to take action by utilizing service tips and participating in U.S. Fund for UNICEF sponsored activities.
The United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) is a partnership of organizations committed to narrowing the gender gap in primary and secondary education. It also seeks to ensure that, by 2015, all children complete primary schooling, with girls and boys having equal access to free, quality education. UNGEI was launched in April 2000 at the World Education Forum in Dakar, Senegal, by then United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan in response to a troubling reality: Of the millions of children worldwide who were not in school, more than half were girls – a reality that continues today. Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan accepted the position of Honorary Global Chair of UNGEI in July 2009. For more information on UNGEI visit: www.ungei.org
UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org
What is TeachUNICEF
TeachUNICEF is a portfolio of global education teacher resources designed and collected by the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s Education Department for teachers, afterschool instructors, and parents. The units, lesson plans, stories, videos and multimedia cover topics ranging from the Millennium Development Goals to poverty and water and sanitation. read more
About the filmmakers
Prior to collaborating on To Educate a Girl, Frederick Rendina produced and directed for A&E, the Biography Channel, the Travel Channel, PBS’s Wide Angle series and National Geographic On Assignment, and while based in Dakar, Senegal, field-produced for Associated Press Television News. His documentary and narrative films have also appeared on PBS, RAI-TV-Italy, NHK-TV Japan, and on Northwest Airlines as part of the Independent Feature Project’s Independents-in-Flight series. Films include: Turning the Tide: Tsunami Volunteers, Let Good the Good Times Roll Again, Utopia, A Gang for Good, After the Gun, Kabi and Secrets of the Soul. Among others, Rendina has received the following Grants and Awards: National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, Tony Cox Screenwriting Award, Panavision New Filmmaker, Experimental Television Center, Audience Award, Independent Images Award, Bronze Apple Award.
Oren Rudavsky is the recent recipient of a production grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for The Zionist Idea. He is the producer of media for the Russian Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center being built in Moscow. Rudavsky just finished producing a series of documentaries for the Bloomberg television series, Risk Takers. In 2009 he was Producer/Writer of the two part series Time for School 3, for the PBS series Wide Angle. He was the recipient in 2008 of a Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts filmmaker awards, three National Endowment for the Humanities grants, several New York State Council for the Arts awards, and many others. His film A Life Apart: Hasidism in America was short-listed for the Academy Awards and his film Hiding and Seeking was nominated for an Independent Spirit award. He completed his first fiction feature as Producer/Writer/Director on The Treatment in 2006. The film premiered at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival and was awarded Best Film, Made in New York. Oren’s producing career stretches back to stints on Saturday Night Live, The Real World and Tales from the Darkside.
To Educate a Girl website: http://www.toeducateagirl.com