Grade: Upper Elementary, ages 8-14
Subjects: Social Studies, World Studies
Estimated time for the activity:
NetAid Game (2 one-hour sessions, 1 for the game, 1 for follow-up
and activism plan), ongoing updates (as frequently as decided) with
collaborating Indian organization/group
Kids who are in our schools don't often think about what the school
experience is like for kids in other countries, especially when it
isn't a given that all kids are offered an education. This experience
and discussion foster sympathy and awareness as well as give students
an opportunity and an opening for action and self-reflection.
NetAid World Class is an interactive educational activity that teaches
young students ages 8-14 how obstacles relating to poverty can keep
children from reaching their dreams. More importantly, students are
challenged to turn what they've learned into action, planting the first
seeds of lifelong advocacy on behalf of the 125 million children not
in school around the world.
Background information for Teachers:
Education is a privilege. This activity and follow-up empowers children
to have a simulated experience of what an Indian child from the southern
state of Tamil Nadu experiences in today's world, related to education.
Playing the NetAid game moves kids to want to be active in change.
Lots of background information is given as part of the game materials.
These are very helpful and easy to use and consult.
NetAid website http://www.netaid.org/
(Look at http://www.netaid.org/global_poverty/education/ specifically)
On this site there are pdf files with information about HIV/AIDS, effects
of poverty on education, girls education and more.
WI DPI: International education is an umbrella phrase for a vast array
of efforts to broaden the experience and awareness levels of students
and teachers of world geography, global issues, diverse cultures, and
world languages. It embraces all subjects, grade levels, and nationality
and ethnic groups.
International Education is not a separate discipline; it is rather
an approach to all subject areas taught in schools, an approach, which
creates awareness of political, economic, and cultural interdependence
that exists across borders. (http://dpi.wi.gov/cal/interntled.html)
WI Geography Standard
A.4.7 Identify connections between the local community and other
places in Wisconsin, the United States, and the world
A.8.11 Give examples of the causes and consequences of current global
issues, such as the expansion of global markets, the urbanization of
the developing world, the consumption of natural resources, and the
extinction of species, and suggest possible responses by various individuals,
groups, and nations
WI Economics Standard
D.4.7 Describe how personal economic decisions, such as deciding what
to buy, what to recycle, or how much to contribute to people in need,
can affect the lives of people in Wisconsin, the United States, and
D.8.4 Describe how investments in human and physical capital, including
new technology, affect standard of living and quality of life
Instructional Activities: Explain that this is a
game that has students role play and experience frustration and excitement.
This is about the privilege of school for Indian children and what
things get in the way and also assist youth to attend school.
(3 PDF versions of game materials to down load):
Student teams (of 3 or 4) will be assessed on their plan for action,
and follow-through. The class will generate the rubric together in
the following areas: The plan (clear, attainable/reasonable, how many
people the action will assist, contacts information cited) action (contacts
reached, plan implemented, student-to-student contact, goals reached,
ongoing relationship potential), presentation (audience collected,
pictures and process shared, all group members participate
Language Arts - letter writing
Social Studies - geography, economics
Mathematics - economic plan, money exchange
Communication Arts - presentation
(Include only those that will be assessed)
Compare your education experience with the one you simulated today
(head, hand, heart writing activity)
Apply the information and experience to select an organization to
support, promoting education.
What are ways we can raise money to help kids afford school?
- Find an orphanage or NGO to sponsor (for on-going relationship
if possible, with the school). Have children write pen-pal letters,
spare change drive, cooking class, bake sale.
- Write an article in school/district newsletter about this initiative,
and see if you can solicit parent support across your school or district.
- Brainstorm long-term support. How does a school or group keep a
long-lasting relationship with a group, or orphanage in this case?
* Look at sister school potential (see list provided with schools
and organizations visited and contacts on-site) Students can prepare
a plan of support, with monetary goals (i.e. books and supplies budget,
transportation assistance, uniforms, sponsor a student potential)