Habitat for Humanity is pleased to present its Resource guide for education and development (PDF).  The purpose of this resource is to help teachers bring current development trends and issues related to poverty housing into their classrooms. Habitat is offering a diverse series of case studies, lesson outlines and resources for addressing an array of development topics. In highlighting the challenges and presenting possible solutions, Habitat strives to raise more internationally conscious youth who have the tools and knowledge to bring about change in this rapidly globalizing world.
The creation of this packet was coordinated by Habitat for Humanity Europe and Central Asia’s Global Village department, which works with more than 50 international schools to create opportunities for service learning with Habitat through Global Village school builds. Although this is a great method for incorporating 15-year-old students into Habitat’s work, there has been increasing interest from the educational community to engage primary and middle year students aged 6 to 14. The proposed material is best suited for students in middle year school programs, students aged 10-14. However, it can easily be adapted for younger students.
In creating lesson outlines, the resource acknowledges the importance of an interdisciplinary education. It can be a vital resource to international schools that use the International Baccalaureate program or similar style of education. Throughout the packet, Habitat provides opportunities for students to be critical thinkers and active learners, while promoting advocacy and volunteerism. Habitat hopes that through the presentation of case studies, based on the stories from individuals and families who have experienced development challenges firsthand, it will inspire teachers and students to become advocates for the right to safe, decent and affordable shelter for all.
The resource guide is accompanied by a CD with reference resources to be used in the classroom. We would be happy to share this resource upon request. Please send your e-mail to Laura Ferent .
The resource guide for education and development is part of a series of youth-oriented resources developed by Habitat for Humanity:
The “School volunteering with Habitat for Humanity ” brochure (PDF)  defines the various ways in which schools and students can get involved in Habitat’s work.
The Global Village information for schools brochure (PDF)  provides students aged 15 and above with the practical hands-on experience of building or renovating a family’s house.
Habitat for Humanity International’s youth programs resources  offer a set of activities that can be used in the classroom to raise the issue of housing and identify solutions to tackle it.
What is next?
Habitat wants people not only to read about poverty housing but do something to fight it. You can support Habitat’s work in Europe and Central Asia in a number of ways. Here are some examples:
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