Girls' Education

  • Why Is It Important to Educate Girls? | PBS NewsHour

    When girls are allowed to go to school, they have a significant impact on their family and community. In this lesson plan, students will learn and think critically about the variety of reasons why it is in everyone’s best interest to ensure that all girls, across the globe, have access to an education.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Let Girls Learn | The White House

    Learn more about Michelle Obama's global initiative Let Girls Learn, a government-wide effort helping to educate girls everywhere.

    Grades: 4-13+
  • The First Lady's Blog

    Follow First Lady Michelle Obama as she travels to Jordan as part of the international initiative, Let Girls Learn.


    Grades: 4-12
  • Michelle Obama visits Mulberry School

    The first lady visited Mulberry School for Girls in London, England, on June 16, 2015, for a round table discussion with leading scholars and government officials on getting girls in the developing world accessible education through the new U.K. and U.S partnership. This includes a commitment to helping adolescent girls overcome barriers in achieving their education. The First Lady also hosted a meeting with Prime Minister Cameron, Mrs. Cameron, and Prince Harry regarding the Let Girls Learn initiative. 

    In this gallery, see photos from the visit and explore articles about recent trends in girls' access to education around the globe.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Michelle Obama visits First Lady of Japan, Akie Abe

    First Lady Michelle Obama travels to Japan to launch an international intiative, Let Girls Learn, to further the success of girls' education worldwide. In a meeting with First Lady of Japan Akie Abe on March 19, 2015, both countries committed to furthering the education and empowerment of girls and women everywhere.

    In this gallery, see photos from the visit and explore articles about recent trends in Japanese female empowerment.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Water Pressures | Gender and Education

    This clip is about how water shortage in Rājasthān, India effects women specifically.

    Grades: 6-12
  • The Value of a Girl | Wide Angle: 1-800-INDIA

    In all societies, women face obstacles of varying degrees. The role of women in India has, in many ways, been defined by India’s patriarchal society. Recent economic growth in India, however, has given women more opportunities for independence. In this video segment from the Wide Angle film "1-800-INDIA," learn about Santosh Kohli, a young woman from a traditional Indian family of modest means, as she gains self sufficiency and determination.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Girls Speak Out | Wide Angle: Lesson Plan

    This lesson follows girls in India and Benin to evaluate their access to education, a basic human right. Check out the entire collection of resources from the documentary "Time For School."

    Grades: 5-13+
  • Malala Yousafzai Answers Students' Questions | PBS NewsHour

    Show your students the story of an extraordinary young Pakistani education activist with this video and educational material from PBS NewsHour from September 16, 2014.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Malala Yousafzai Champions Education | PBS NewsHour

    This Daily News Story from PBS NewsHour Extra was created on October 14th, 2013 After surviving an attack on her life, Malala has recovered and has dedicated herself to the goal that every child everywhere will receive an education.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Malala Devotes 'Second Life' to Girls' Rights | PBS NewsHour

    “Today you can see that I’m alive,” said Malala Yousafzai in her first interview since surviving a Taliban attack that left her with a bullet lodged in her skull last October. “This is a second life,” she continued, “And I want to serve. I want to serve the people. I want every girl, every child, to be educated.”

    Grades: 7-12
  • Pakistanis Stand with Malala | PBS NewsHour

    Arooj, a junior reporter from Youth Journalism International, recently wrote about the Pakistani public’s reaction to Malala’s shooting, and the widespread backlash against the Taliban and their interpretation of Islamic law.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Empowering Girls | Classroom Close-Up, NJ

    Each year, students from Clearview Regional School in Mullica Hill, NJ research, design and develop a Women’s History Museum at their school. Students learn about the life of New Jersey native and suffragette Alice Paul and other positive role models for girls, such as Amelia Earhart and Malala Yousafzai. As a culminating project, the students bring the achievements of these inspiring women to life through art projects and performances.

    Grades: 13+
  • Girls Rock Science | Classroom Close-Up, NJ

    The Girls Rock Science after school program at Hurden Looker School in Hillside, NJ empowers 3rd and 4th grade girls to explore science through hands-on experimentation. A group of female teachers were inspired to start this club after attending the Merck Institute for Science Education Leadership Program one summer. The goals of this enrichment program are to foster scientific curiosity and boost girls' confidence. In this episode, observe the group members completing an activity in which they use playdough to visualize the relative sizes of planets.

    Grades: 13+
  • SELECT | Classroom Close-Up, NJ

    The Marion P. Thomas Charter School in Newark runs a single-gender classroom program called SELECT (Scholars Electing Lifelong Education Character and Transformation). Teachers address different learning styles of boys and girls and incorporate various teaching methods and activities for the girls and boys. The program was initially established to bridge the achievement gap for African American boys and strengthen proficiency in science and math for girls.

    Grades: 13+
  • Companion Curriculum | Girl Rising

    Girl Rising tells the stories of nine girls from nine different countries and the power education has to change their lives. The accompanying curriculum provides teachers with a unique opportunity to educate students about the issues surrounding, and the impact of, girls’ education in the developing world.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Human Dignity and Human Rights | Waste Land | Lesson 2

    In this lesson, students will discuss what dignity means in their lives and examine the relationship between human dignity and human rights. They will consider the consequences for individuals and communities whose fundamental human rights are limited or denied, and develop a plan of action for improving the lives of women in their own community.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Girls Explore IT Careers | Inside ITEST

    BuildIT capitalizes on girls’ inherent interest in design and communication technologies, engaging girls in hands-on, collaborative, real-world experiences as they progress through 3 stages – Apprentice, Journeygirl, and Specialist. Here we see girls at the Specialist stage tackling game design challenges, their level of engagement invigorated by accountability to a “client”.

    Grades: 6-8, 13+
  • Youth and Education in Afghanistan | Pulitzer Center

    This lesson from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting investigates the daily struggle faced by many Afghan students seeking an education, and the danger faced by teachers and schools working to provide these children with an experience many Americans take for granted.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Recurring Themes - The Lives of Nanavi and Neeraj

    In this ELA lesson plan, students practice identifying themes using questions from varying perspectives (their own, the author’s, and the main character’s). Check out the entire collection of resources from the documentary "Time For School" here.

    Grades: 4-7