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Title: Girl Rising - Education for All


Girl Rising journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Students get to know nine unforgettable girls living in the developing world: ordinary girls who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to achieve their dreams and obtain a quality education.


1) Participants are encouraged to watch "Girl Rising" (or excerpted chapters at: Nepal Chapter and Peru Chapter if the full DVD is not available) and, then have their students share their reflections after watching it by posting to the Girl Rising forum on iEARN.  Two additional Girl Rising chapters, featuring stories from Haiti and India, are available for educators for free by registering at

[NOTE - Through a partnership with GCE-US (Global Campaign for Education - US), members of iEARN can contact the project facilitators to receive a copy of the movie DVD for free--either by postal mail or via a Dropbox folder.

2) Students can also read the book "I am Malala" and "Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time" and discuss the personal struggles to receive an education.  

3) As part of their discussions with other classes, students are encouraged to share ideas about what they can do to ensure that all girls and boys in the world have the right to a quality education. Discussion questions and suggestions for action steps are in the "About/Resources" section of this project.

4) Here are the steps to participate in this project:

  * Teacher watches the movie (it has 9 country segments, each about 15 minutes) to see how it fits into classroom and curriculum

  * Students and teacher introduce themselves in the Girl Rising forum

  * Students watch one country segment

  * Students read what other students around the world have written about that country segment and respond to the comments

  * Students respond to the initially suggested questions about that segment

  * Students research what the situation is for girls in their country (legal right to an education, cultural, religious, economic, geographic, disability, etc. that girls in their country face

  * Students share this research

  * Students watch the other 8 country segments and comment as above

  * Students decide what kind of action project they will undertake to ensure that all girls have access to a quality education—either in their community/country or globally

  * Classes have Skype or other video-conference to share their observations and learning

6) Students who have participated in this project are encouraged to stay involved as "Student Ambassadors" to assist new students participating in the project

7) Another available resource is the “Lesson For All” curricula for k-3, 4-6 and high school, as well as a project-based learning module—all written by iEARN educators--that are free and downloadable at:

8) The second film produced by Girl Rising is "Brave Girl Rising."  Watch it on YouTube at:



  • Mari Sekine, Japan
  • Ed Gragert, United States


Japanese, English

Student Age Levels

12-14 (Middle), 15-18 (Secondary)


Sep 01 2019 - Jun 30 2020 (ongoing - Join any time!)

Possible classroom activities

1) Watch "Girl Rising" movie (request a free copy of the DVD from project facilitators)

2) Research girls' education and child labor laws & rights in their country. Share students' reflections in class

3) Read the book "I am Malala" and discuss issues raised in the book.

4) Post their reflections on iEARN (

5) Discuss what they can do to make the situation better as part of a classroom discussion.

6) Video Conference with a participating class

7) Post the outcome from the conference (Making a video or a powerpoint)

8) Identify "action steps" that can be taken by individual students or as a class to ensure that girls in their own country and worldwide have access to a quality education

Expected outcomes

Joint project publications and websites are possible outcomes.

Fundraising to support scholarships and school/uniform fees for girls. Work to ensure that we attain Sustainable Development Goal #4

Group contributions to others and/or the planet:

Spreading the mutual understanding of the importance of girls' education and inspiring others to change the world for the better.

SDG #4: Quality Education For All

Curriculum area

Social studies, global studies, English, history, gender studies

Related links


GR Educators Facebook Group

Book - Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time


Through a partnership with GCE-US (Global Campaign for Education - US), members of iEARN can contact GCE-US for how to arrange a local screening of the movie. 

Another available resource is the “Lesson For All” curriculum for k-3, 4-6 and high school, as well as a project-based learning module—all written by iEARN educators--that are free and downloadable at:

After viewing the film, there are some discussion questions, as well as specific actions that can be taken to support girls' education worldwide.


72054_girl_rising_discussion_questions_v2.docx Discussion Questions
79543_Girl_Rising_evaluation.docx Student evaluation of