Girls’ Rights after the Millennium Development Goals

KS3: ages 11-14PDF

This lesson plan, with supporting background information and brief case studies, is produced by Plan UK. It aims to help teachers and students explore the global issue of girls’ rights.

Worldwide, no-one bears the brunt of poverty more than girls. Globally, at least one in five adolescent girls is out of school due to poverty, conflict and discrimination. Every day, young girls are missing out on education, forced into marriage and subjected to violence. There are 66 million girls out of school globally. This isn’t fair, it isn’t right and it’s also a huge waste of potential. (Text by Plan UK.)

This lesson will support all students to understand:

  • What are human rights?
  • What are some of the human rights that girls around the world are being denied and why?
  • What are the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), why and how are they being replaced?
  • Which girls’ rights are not fully recognised in the MDGs?
  • What could be included in the Post-2015 Development Goals to ensure more girls can claim their rights?


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