Nigeria: Global Studies Units and Lesson Plans from the World Affairs Council

Empire Layered Curriculum

The Debate Over Global Warming

Unit 8: DBQ (Document-Based Question) Writing

Digital Storytelling

In 2000, the United Nations initiated a worldwide effort to improve conditions for all people on the earth by the year 2015. As the umbrella for the program, The Millennium Campaign was created to inform, inspire and encourage people's involvement and action for the realization of eight Millennium Development Goals (MDG) that the Campaign enumerated.
  1. Eradicate extreme hunger and poverty
2. Achieve universal primary education
3. Promote gender equality and empower women
4. Reduce child mortality
5. Improve maternal health
6. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
7. Ensure environmental sustainability
8. Develop global partnership for development.

One of the projects that has evolved as part of the Millennium Campaign is Tapestry, a digital storytelling initiative designed to give young leaders a way of describing their activities in support of the MDG. The project, supported by Sun Microsystems and Curriki, provided technology and instruction to youths from 13 different countries and asked them to create digital stories that highlight issues pertinent to the eight goals.

These digital stories, featured content on Curriki, can be used to create a learning experience around the topic covered. You can also use them of examples of how story creation is a way to inform and engage others around specific issues.

Visit the UN youth Summit Web Page

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As the first psychologist on her island, Paula is the product of gaining an education, even through many struggles. She wants other young people to get an education so that they can be healthier and stronger to make the whole world a better place. 2006 Source: Paula da Silva Santos da Silva
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Eugine's story details his experiences talking to children about breaking the cycle of violence. His experience culminated in the creation of a documentary on the subject. 2006 Source: Eugine Nyuydine Ngalim
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