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Target Grade Levels:
Grades 7-12

Conflict, Peace

Students role-play peace talks between India and Pakistan and examine related political, social and economic issues.

Sandhya Nankani, The New York Times Learning Network

Grades: 6-8, 9-12
Subjects: Current Events, Geography, Global History, Language Arts, Social Studies
Interdisciplinary Connections

Overview of Lesson Plan: In this lesson, students consider the growth of religious schools in rural Pakistan and their impact, then draw connections between recent current world events, their own experience and prior knowledge.

Lesson Plan

The Pakistan Trunk

Annissa Hambouz, The New York Times Learning Network
Javaid Khan, The Bank Street College of Education in New York City

Grades: 6-8, 9-12
Subjects: Geography, Global History, Language Arts, Teaching with The New York Times, Technology
Interdisciplinary Connections

Overview of Lesson Plan:In this lesson, students learn about the November, 2007, emergency rule and crackdown on protesters in Pakistan. They then generate questions to investigate and answer on these events in the style of a New York Times “Backstory” podcast.

Lesson Plan

The penny, 1% of a dollar, is symbolic of the ‘1% of Gross Domestic Product’ goal set by the United Nations. The goal was for wealthy countries to give foreign aid to impoverished nations each year.

Pennies for Peace teaches children the rewards of sharing and working together to bring hope and educational opportunities to children in Pakistan and Afghanistan. A penny in the United States is virtually worthless, but in Pakistan and Afghanistan a penny buys a pencil and opens the door to literacy.

The mission of Central Asia Institute (CAI) focuses on community-based education, especially for girls. A 5th grade education for girls improves not only the basic indices of health for her and her family, she will also spread the value of education within her community. Literacy, for both boys and girls, provides better economic opportunities in the future and neutralizes the power of despot mullahs and other extremist leaders.

Pennies for Peace – Ideas and Resources for Teachers

This website presents interviews with people who live in Shimshal, Pakistan. Their testimonies offer a personal perspective on change and development.


By the Development Education Centre (South Yorkshire): As part of our contribution to building understanding and support for the people of Pakistan controlled (‘Azad’) Kashmir following the devastating earthquake, we have made available the ‘Introduction to ‘Azad’ Jammu and Kashmir’ section of our popular ‘Mangla’ teaching pack.

To download the pdf (1.5MB) click on the following link.

I stumbled upon an interesting article on Pakistan’s annual Mushaira Festival in Saudi Aramco World.

Other resources:
Wikipedia – Mushaira

Nadeem Parmar at Pakistan-Canada Association Mushaira 2008

Zahid Laeeq Butt at Pakistan-Canada Association Mushaira 2008


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