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Download free lesson ideas, people’s stories and images to promote global learning

What is ActionAid? 

ActionAid believe that everyone is entitled to have access to food, good health, somewhere safe to live and an education. They support the poorest and most vulnerable people in their fight for their rights by working alongside them as well as drawing attention to issues through international campaigns.

Working with more than 2,000 partners worldwide, ActionAid's fight against poverty has reached over 19 million people in over 40 countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas.

The ActionAid schools team supports the work of ActionAid by providing free teaching resources, outreach talks and workshops.

Free, downloadable teaching resources

ActionAid’s library of free, downloadable teaching resources includes ideas for assemblies and lessons using interactive activities and case studies suitable for all key stages.  They cover topics from water to climate change to human rights across countries from Brazil to Kenya to Bangladesh.

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Key Stage 2 Geography teachers can bring the south Indian village of Chembakolli into their classroom with our range of teaching resources.  Slideshows, PowerPoints and lesson ideas will introduce learners to everyday life in an Indian village with images and stories of the Adivasi people who live in Chembakolli

Get Global!

Aimed at Key Stages ActionAid-Get Global3 and 4, this teaching toolkit contains games and activities to help secondary learners think about global issues, identify solutions and take positive action.  Assessment and evaluation activities allow learners to reflect independently on their achievements.

Focusing on an interactive, skills-based approach, ‘Get Global!’ can be used in single lessons or for longer-term projects across multiple subject areas.


ActionAid’s award-winning multimedia teaching pack encourages Key Stage 2 and 3 learners to learn, investigate and act on the issues surrounding climate change. 

Strong global case studies are presented using striking images and thought-provoking videos to stimulate classroom discussion. ActionAid-Powerdown

Teachers are supported with an activity guide that contains lesson ideas and activity sheets forthe delivery of 11 lessons.  Alternatively, teachers can pick and choose individual lessons. PowerDown is suitable for teaching in Science, Geography and Citizenship.

Schools talks and workshops

ActionAid also have a team of trained teachers who will speak or run workshops at your school (for a fee) on the following topics:

  • Barnaby Bear in Brazil – Key Stage 1 (workshop)

  • Barnaby Bear in Kenya – Key Stage 1 (workshop)

  • Chembakolli tea party or a day at school – Key Stage 2 (workshop)

  • Energy and climate change – Key Stages2, 3 and 4 (workshop/assembly)

  • Work of ActionAid – Key Stages2, 3 and 4 (workshop/assembly)

  • Send My Friend to School – Key Stages2, 3 and 4 (workshop/assembly)

  • Child sponsorship –Key Stages 1-4 or staff/parents’ meeting (FREE assembly)


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