Organizations as Global Education Resources: Global Curriculum

This webpage is a clearinghouse of non-profit organizations that offer global education resources, products, and services. The purpose of the page is to provide resources to schools to develop their own global education programs in the area of global curriculum:


American Forum for Global Education

Lesson plans, teaching units, primary documents, book reviews, and publications.


Website links to resources for educators.

Arab World And Islamic Resources and School Services (AWAIR)

AWAIR provides materials and services for educators teaching about the Arab World and about Islam at the pre-college level. Recognizing that no work is of greater importance than the preparation of our young people for their roles as thoughtful and informed citizens of the 21st century, and recognizing too that U.S. involvement with the Arab World and with the wider world of Islam is certain to remain close for many years, AWAIR's goal is to increase awareness and understanding of this region and this world faith.

Axis of Hope

Axis of Hope offers international conflict-prevention training to future world leaders during their formative years of life. It strives to offer elementary, middle, and high school students a deep understanding of other cultures and genuine empathy.

Ikeda Center

Comprehensive listing of curriculum resources and information on public seminars and other events, including the annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue.

Center for International Education

The Center for International Education (CIE) at Washington International School (WIS) assists public and non-public schools to incorporate an international focus in their curricula, resulting in more globally aware and responsive students.

Center for Teaching International Relations

The University of Denver offers resources, an annual conference, and the World Affairs Challenge. It also administers the International Studies Schools Association (ISSA), a national network of K–12 schools dedicated to improving students’ understanding of the world.

CHOICES Program of the Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University

The CHOICES Program of the Watson Institute for International Studies develops curriculum on foreign policy and international issues. Through its curricular resources, professional development programs, and special projects, CHOICES engages secondary level students in current and historical international issues and contributes to a renewal of civic engagement among young people in the United States.

Concern Worldwide — Global Concerns Classroom

The Global Concerns Classroom is a dynamic program that seeks to raise awareness of current, international humanitarian issues in U.S. secondary schools. The Global Concerns Classroom works in partnership with educators and students to bring a global perspective into the classroom by providing quality classroom resources; engaging presentations and guest speakers in the NYC area; personalized and practical curriculum design support; interactive student workshops, and after-school activities. The Global Concerns Classroom connects students to the international community and creates meaningful opportunities for research, reflection, and action. All program participation is free-of-charge.

Current Thinking Question

A daily emailed newsletter that uses a news article as a jumping off point for conversation in the classroom. It provides discussion starters for both younger and older students, and links to web resources. The newsletter is produced by educational consultant Andrew Pass. Past articles and discussions have covered negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, marketing to children, and the economics of autographs.


The United Nations' web site has curriculum, activities, and resources about the organization and its member nations. It also includes information on Model U.N. and the United Nation’s educational bookstore.

Education Africa

Education Africa has conducted the South Africa Model U.N. Program (SAMUN) since 1995 and currently involves over 500 South African high schools representing all nine provinces. This program is a true public-private partnership, and current South African partners include the South African Ministry of Education, the United Nations and United Nations Association, Cell-C (a South African telecommunications company), provincial education ministries, local sponsors and South African local communities. Education Africa’s SAMUN project in South Africa revolves around a very basic debating format. Working with the SA Ministry of Education, Education Africa coordinates year-long high school debates in all nine SA provinces based on the principles and format of a United Nations General Assembly. If you have ever been to or participated in a U.N. debate, Education Africa’s model is designed and implemented in a similar fashion. The subjects can range from human rights, conflict resolution, women’s rights, and health.

The Experiment in International Living (EIL)

The Experiment in International Living (EIL) is a program of World Learning. EIL is a 75-year -old nonprofit organization since 1932 its mission has been to foster peace through understanding, communication, and cooperation. Today, The Experiment carries on that founding vision to change the world one friendship at a time, providing transformational learning experiences for over 1,000 young people each summer. Each Experiment is a laboratory without borders, where Experimenters live with local families and explore themes from the arts to ecology that serve as windows of learning into another way of life. The Experiment's international summer high school programs feature opportunities in Europe, the Americas, Africa, Oceania, and Asia. For three to five weeks, Experimenters focus on themes such as community service, language study, travel, ecology, the arts, sustainable development and fair trade, cooking, photography, theater, or outdoor adventure as they enjoy daily life with their host families and participate in activities with their group.

Face to Faith

Launched in the United States in 2009 and currently active in nearly 300 schools in 17 19 countries, Face to Faith is a global schools program sponsored by the Tony Blair Faith Foundation that engages students of different faiths and beliefs across the world in learning directly with, from, and about each other. By means of videoconferencing and a secure website, students ages 12-17 from different cultures work together to investigate specific global issues such as the environment, health, and poverty. Face to Faith is designed to improve young people's cultural and religious literacy and to encourage respect for the rights of others among students of all faiths and beliefs. Face to Faith is offered free to schools. The program provides a set of teaching resources, teacher training, and post-training support; a series of facilitated video-conferences; access to a secure and moderated website; and a set of proposed community engagement challenges.

Facing the Future

Global issues education. Facing the Future develops young people’s capacity and commitment to create thriving, sustainable, and peaceful local and global communities.


FOCUS on the NEWS current events curriculum motivates students to become global citizens with an increased awareness of world events. The interactive format of our teaching tools gets students excited about the news while our timely and relevant subject matter helps teachers keep their lessons fresh and interesting. Challenge 20/20 classrooms may be particularly interested in the MAPmaster geography worksheet, featuring a different country making the news each week with a tie-in to how that country is relevant to U.S. diplomacy or politics.

Foundation Rwanda

Foundation Rwanda’s mission is to 1) provide funding for the secondary school education of children born from rape during the 1994 genocide, 2) link their mothers to existing psychological and medical support services and income generating activities, and 3) create awareness about the consequences of genocide and sexual violence through photography and new media. The mothers of these children — many of whom contracted the HIV/AIDS virus from those brutal encounters have largely been shunned by their society because of the stigma of rape and rejected by their families. Forced into poverty, they are unable to pay the $350 annual fee for their children to attend secondary school or to provide the necessary uniforms, shoes, books and scholastic materials, and transportation. Currently, there are no governmental or private NGO programs dedicated solely to support and provide funds for education for children born from rape during the genocide. Foundation Rwanda identifies the holistic needs of these families and provides them with the funds and support they desperately need.

Free The Children

Free the Children is the world’s largest network of children helping children through education, with more than one million young people touched by its programs in 45 countries. The organization offers educator and youth-friendly resources — including fundraising tips and campaigns, the Seven Steps to Social Involvement, lesson plans, work sheets, and classroom activities — to bring alive children’s rights and social issues in the classroom. All materials provide educators with concrete tools to involve their students in Free the Children programs and inspire them to get educated, speak out about social issues, and become active and aware global citizens.

Global Citizen Year

Each year, Global Citizen Year recruits and trains a diverse corps of high school graduates to engage as apprentices in Asia, Africa, or Latin America during a transformative “bridge year” before college. GCY Fellows spend 10 months in an intensive fellowship learning a new language, becoming integral members of a community, and working on the frontlines of today's global challenges. In collaboration with top universities, business, and social sector leaders, GCY provides our Fellows with ongoing training in leadership, global development, and social entrepreneurship. Fellows return with the critical perspectives and skills needed to succeed in college and beyond. Read it or see it for yourself additional information on the Fellows' Blog ( CGY is looking for young people with exceptional passion and potential, and works with each family to find ways to make the experience financially accessible. 

Global Connections

Global Connections is the online home to a family of sites created to help teachers, students, and the general public learn more about events around the world through readings, lesson plans, links, timelines, and maps.

Global Nomads Group (GNG)

Established in 1998, the Global Nomads Group (GNG) is an international NGO that creates interactive educational programs for students about global issues. GNG’s educational programs include 1) four types of videoconferences — The PULSE, Currents, Innovations, and Rapid Response — where students learn about and discuss subjects with their peers from around the world in live, facilitated sessions; and 2) videos and learning content on a variety of international issues relevant to teachers and students. All GNG programs are directly linked to school curricula, education standards and 21st century learning objectives, and are accompanied by lesson plans and training to teachers. Programs are broadcast during the school day and cover a range of topics in the curriculum, including civics, social and global studies, geography, world history, science, economics, and politics.

Global Studies Foundation

New program to put globes in school classrooms; educational material.

Global TeachNet News

A newsletter published by the Peace Corps Association.
Website: is a project of the Levin Institute of graduate studies at the State University of New York. It asks What Is globalization? Is it the integration of economic, political, and cultural systems across the globe? Or is it Americanization and United States dominance of world affairs? Is globalization a force for economic growth, prosperity, and democratic freedom? Or is it a force for environmental devastation, exploitation of the developing world, and suppression of human rights? is dedicated to providing students with information and interdisciplinary learning opportunities on this complex phenomenon. The goal is to challenge you to think about many of the controversies surrounding globalization and to promote an understanding of the trade-offs and dilemmas facing policy-makers.

Heifer International

Heifer’s vision is to make global citizens of young people. Offers books, videos, and World Ark magazine.


Jordan Hattar, the co-founder of Help4Refugees, an NGO focusing on raising awareness about the plight of Syrian refugees speaks at schools in the US and other countries on the subject and provides information and resources on how to teach about the global refugee crisis.  Jordan is available to present both at conferences and events or to a class, a school, or a community on this topic.  If interested to learn more, download this document.


International Children's Digital Library (ICDL)

ICD's website is devoted to multi-cultural literature for elementary school kids. The ICDL Foundation's goal is to build a collection of books that represents outstanding historical and contemporary books from throughout the world. Ultimately, the Foundation aspires to have every culture and language represented so that every child can know and appreciate the riches of children's literature from the world community.

International Primary Curriculum

Now being used by 1,500 schools in 85 countries. The curriculum mis designed to make primary and elementary school students “global citizens."

ISSAC — Independent School Study Abroad Consortium

The Independent School Study Abroad Consortium provides summer faculty programs in Scandinavia and Europe.

Islam in Southeast Asia

The Asia Society has published a guide for teachers and students entitled “Interweaving Cultures: Islam in Southeast Asia.” Supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the project was initiated to respond to a lack of teaching materials for U.S. high school students on Southeast Asia in general and on the role of Islam in the region. The materials, which are both in print and web format, are intended to provide upper middle, high school, and introductory college teachers of the humanities and social sciences with background resources for their own knowledge as well as guidance on teaching the topic; many of the materials are also suitable for student use. Interweaving Cultures includes background essays by scholars, original maps created for the project, visual materials, and lesson plans. The print version can be purchased via the Asia Society website.

Journeys in Film

Journeys in Film broadens global learning through the powerful combination of age-appropriate films from around the world, interdisciplinary classroom materials, and professional development workshops. Designed to develop 21st century skills, this comprehensive curriculum model promotes widespread use of film as a “window to the world” to help secondary students to mitigate existing attitudes of cultural bias and racism, cultivate human empathy and compassion, develop a richer understanding of global issues, and prepare for effective participation in the world economy — as active global citizens.

Kids Around the World

The Peace Corps website introduces K–5 students to children in other countries. Lesson plans are included.

Kids Can Make A Difference® (KIDS)

Kids Can Make A Difference® (KIDS), an educational program for middle and high school students, focuses on the root causes of hunger and poverty, the people most affected, solutions, and how students can help. The major goal is to stimulate the students to take some definite follow-up actions as they begin to realize that one person can make a difference. This website offers teachers' guides as well as quizzes and other resources on hunger and poverty.

My Wonderful World

As part of the National Geographic, My Wonderful World is a national campaign to give kids the power for global knowledge and to expand geographic learning in school, at home, and in communities.

Ohio State College of Education

Online global education courses for teachers. It also includes list of resources.

Peace One Day

Peace One Day's “The Resource” is broad-ranging and cross-curricular, focusing on issues such as anti-bullying, respect, intercultural cooperation, human rights, conflict resolution, non-violence, and the United Nations. The Resource offers teachers practical ways in which key 21st Century issues and skills can be brought to the next generation. Moreover, The Resource will help teachers empower students by providing them with meaningful and relevant learning experiences through which they will gain an understanding of current global complexities and challenges. Personal responsibility and positive participation are key to its pedagogical ethos. Through child-centered and engaging activities, students will develop the necessary internal resources and external capabilities to lead meaningful and constructive lives within their schools and communities. Understanding the global consequences of our local actions is the first step. The Resource is designed to enable students to develop a sense of perspective in relation to our multicultural and interdependent world. Although the 21 lesson plans are comprehensive, there is potential for teachers and educators to adapt and build on these depending on the context as well as the interests and needs of the students. Subject areas in which the Resource can be used include social studies, civics and government, English language, art, drama, photography, cinematography, and physical education.

Powell Center

The Powell Center promotes economic literacy among young people, and is a resource for teachers and students across the country. Lesson plans, curricula, and other offerings can be downloaded from its web site at no charge. It also sponsors a number of conferences, workshops, and competitions, all of which are designed to help teachers and young people learn more about economics.

Project AERO (American Education Reaches Out)

Project AERO is an initiative that has begun in an effort to develop standards in English, math, science, and social studies appropriate to American overseas schools. Six schools in the Near East Schools Association's region and six schools outside the region make up the consortium.


Shodor is a nonprofit organization serving students and educators, funded primarily by the National Science Foundation. They are located in Durham, NC, but their free online tools are used worldwide and they hold workshops for teachers and university faculty across the country, sharing how to incorporate these tools into their existing curricula. As schools, private and public, improve their computer labs and add Smart Boards and more computers to their classrooms, Shodor's free tools and lesson plans are an exciting way for educators to reach beyond their white boards and overhead projectors — to make the most of their technology resources to teach math and science concepts more effectively.

South African Children’s Book Project E-Bookshop

South Africa Partners, a Boston-based nonprofit organization, launched the e-bookshop for their latest education initiative, “Masifunde Sonke: Let Us Read Together.” In this book project, they've imported 30 quality South African children's books ranging from preschool to high school level. For each copy sold in the United States, SA Partners will donate a second copy in the purchaser’s name to an under-resourced South African school. Through the Masifunde Sonke project, educators can 1) help U.S. school children learn about southern Africa, 2) through the 2- for- 1 purchase/donation model, teach them a valuable lesson about international development, and 3) working with SA Partners, participate in classroom exchanges with South African teaching colleagues and pupils.

Stanford Program on International and Cross Cultural Education (SPICE)

Curriculum units on many parts of the globe, especially Asia.

The Global Campaign for Education-US

The Global Campaign for Education-US and its 70 coalition members have tools and curriculum to help integrate this issue into U.S. classrooms. The free downloadable curriculum called “Lesson for All” looks at the efforts being made internationally to ensure that “Education for All” becomes a reality.
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The Global Education Benchmark Group (GEBG)

The Global Education Benchmark Group (GEBG) was founded in 2008 to collect data to assess outcomes and practices in order to create nationwide standards for global education, both on and off campus. Today, there are 60 member schools sharing best practices and global data. GEBG schools collaborate on curriculum, professional development, risk management practices, travel programs including itineraries, pricing, and partners, and data mining including financial aid, travel programs and locations, budgets, endowments, and more.

The Global Yellow Pages

The Global Yellow Pages website is a directory of global education resources for K-12 teachers compiled by Chapman University in Orange, CA.

The Rose Group for Cross Cultural Understanding

The Rose Group for Cross Cultural Understanding has produced a 24- page booklet on China, its history, and culture. It is a good beginner's guide for Mandarin, history, social studies, and art classes.

Content includes:

  • China’s Reawakening by Bates Gill 
  • Traditions of Chinese Thought by Moss Roberts 
  • A Brief Introduction to Chinese Art by Jason Sun 
  • Timeline of Chinese History and Sino-American Relations 
  • Map of China 
  • Customs and Artifacts of the Major Chinese Festivals by Sally Yu Leung 
  • Chinese Medicine by Amy Tseng and Bruce J. Ballon 
  • In a Class of His Own by Fintan O’Toole 
  • China, Uncertainty, and the United States by David Finkelstein

The Foundation will make the booklet available for $3 a copy (minimum order 10 copies) plus shipping and handling.
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The Salzburg Academy's Global Media Literacy (GML)

The Salzburg Academy's Global Media Literacy (GML) curriculum aims to prepare students the world over for active and inclusive roles in information societies. This curriculum stresses two elements:

  1. Students understanding the value of critical thinking about media and their mastering of critical analytical skills.
  2. Students understanding the vital importance of media in building and supporting civil society and their creating and supporting media as an essential exercise of global citizenship.

The GML curriculum is divided into two parts. Each part offers a series of education “lesson plans.”

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR)

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) offers free teaching materials on refugees, human rights, and tolerance. Visitors can order materials from the Teachers' Corner and sign up for UNHCR's monthly e-newsletter on current refugee issues.

World Education Database

The world school database is designed to offer educators, administrators, and schools a single source to locate and disseminate educational material globally.

WIIT Charitable Trust

Offers a global trade education lesson plan and workshop for junior and senior high school students.

World Savvy: Global Affairs Monitor

The Global Affairs Monitor is an online subscription-based service that offers an in-depth examination of one issue or region monthly in an easy-to-read and objective format. Each edition represents diverse perspectives from more than 100 sources and includes an issue overview, historical context, key domestic and international player profiles, list of upcoming events/milestones, hot topic discussion questions, professionally developed classroom-companion exercises, and Global Affairs Salon guides (for potential community-wide discussions). Individual and school-wide subscriptions to the Monitor are available.

World Savvy: Online Resource Library

World Savvy has a large collection of resource materials on global issues — curriculum units, books, videos, magazines, maps, and web resources. In addition, World Savvy catalogs quality individual lessons written by other organizations and educators, and allows teachers the chance to write a review of the materials, that would be useful to educators searching the database. Many of the resources catalogued in the library are online resources and are directly accessible or available for purchase.

World Wise Schools

The World Wise Schools program offers engaging stories, free classroom resources, and ideas for service projects based on the experience of Peace Corps Volunteers around the world.

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