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Pulitzer Center Update July 2, 2018

This Week in Education: Teaching Feminism in the World's Poorest Classrooms

Students of Pardada Pardadi attend a Hindi lesson. Image by Annalisa Merelli. India, 2018.

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A student smiles during a school day at Pardada Pardadi. Image by Annalisa Merelli. India, 2018.

Featured Lesson Plan:

Photo & Text: Teaching Feminism in the World's Poorest Classrooms

Today's under-reported fact: At least 54% of girls in India's rural Uttar Pradesh region are married before the age of 18.

Quick read [10 minutes]: Students can read in two groups (Group 1: Intro / Group 2: From "Human Rights as Education" through end) and share out

Discussion Questions:

  • What barriers to getting an education do girls in Uttar Pradesh face? How does the Pardada Pardadi school help?
  • What does feminism mean to you?
  • Is access to education opportunities unequal in your community? How so? What solutions can you think of?

Activity Ideas:

1. Follow the @pulitzercenter Instagram, where journalist Annalisa Merelli is posting behind-the-scenes photos from "Teaching Feminism" every day this week. Choose three photos and read the captions. Write a short reflection comparing and contrasting your experience with the experience you see.

2. Come up with a recommendation for how your school could expand on efforts to empower young women and/or other marginalized people. Hold a class vote to choose one from among your recommendations and devise a plan to implement it.

Students gathered at National Geographic headquarters in Washington D.C. to see screenings of two films, both funded by the Pultizer Center. Image by Alyssa Sperrazza. United States, 2018.

Featured Opportunity:

National Geographic Request for Proposals: Teaching the Human Story

National Geographic seeks proposals from educators interested in designing dynamic classroom experiences modeled on Paul Salopek's Out of Eden Walk. Deadline: July 10

Journalists Nsikan Akpan and Erik Vance.
Journalists Nsikan Akpan and Erik Vance.

Featured Resource:

Video: The Placebo Effect’s Role in Healing, Explained

Follow Erik Vance and Nsikan Akpan to the Mexican town of San Pablito, where they experience (and explain) the powerful placebo both traditional healing and Western medicine.

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