Unit 4 – Global health and human development
Lesson plan: The United Nations (UN)’s action areas
Global health and human development
Area of study 2:
Promoting global health and human development
- The role of the UN in providing global health and sustainable development through the following areas of action: world peace and security, human rights, humanitarian assistance and social and economic development
- Describe the role of international and Australian government and non-government agencies and organisations in promoting global health and sustainable development
Students identify and visually represent the action areas of the United Nations—world peace and security, human rights, humanitarian assistance and social and economic development.
Students brainstorm examples of how the UN works towards achieving their four areas of action. Students will read a refugee story from the UNHCR website to help create an understanding and image of humanitarian assistance. Students will find images relating to each of the UN’s four action areas and create a visual image using AutoCollage to assist students to understand and remember the role of the UN.
How will digital learning be integrated into this lesson?
The program AutoCollage will be used—it is an image processing program that enables students to automatically create a collage using a number of digital images. AutoCollage is part of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development’s eduSTAR suite of software. It is also available for free download.
Create a visual image the UN’s four action areas to assist students to identify and remember examples of each action area
Ensure that all students have AutoCollage installed on their computer.
- The teacher introduces the topic by showing students United Nations – It is your world
- Ask students to reflect on:
- What is the UN?
- When was the UN formed?
- What does the UN do?
- In small groups, ask students to brainstorm how the UN works towards achieving the four action areas. Each group shares their ideas with the rest of the class.
- The teacher facilitates a brainstorm activity on the UN’s four action areas. Students identify examples of how the UN works towards achieving:
- world peace and security
- human rights
- humanitarian assistance
- social and economic development.
- The brainstorming activity could be recorded using software such as Inspiration or Freemind.
- Students read UNHCR refugee story, and reflect on how the story links to the UN’s four areas of action by discussing the following questions:
- What is the role of the UN in the refugee story?
- Which UN’s area of action is represented in this story?
- What other roles could the UN potentially take in this story?
- The teacher briefly describes the AutoCollage software, and instructs students to create a collage to visually represent the four UN areas of action. Students are required to select two images for each area of action (eight images in total) that will provide a visual representation of the work of the UN.
- Students each create and print a collage, which could displayed around the classroom and students share their understanding of the UN’s action areas.
- AutoCollage software (eduSTAR)
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