Plan International Ireland: Development Education Resources


Together, these user friendly resources aim to make development education a part of daily lessons which link to all aspects of the primary education curriculum by focusing on three issue area: gender, inequality and migration and refugees. A key aim of this suite of resources is for you and your class to have fun and to learn about the world.

This resource kit contains a teacher’s handbook with lesson plans and a USB which contains content for children to be used on an interactive white board or projector. The video links in the USB are hyperlinked to the videos which are mostly hosted in Vimeo so will be accessible in school (simply open the hyperlinks).

The resource can be used throughout Primary School with specific modules for each age group. It can be shared by teachers and follow children throughout their primary education. The handbook contains three modules, with five lessons in each, covering three different global issues aimed at different age groups ranging from 6 – 12 years old. Each module has an introduction and some facts for teacher to ensure that you are confident teaching the global issues.

Author: Aoife McNamara, Gwen Duffy, Molly Lambert and Gillian Moore

Publisher: Plan International Ireland

Year: 2016

Pages: Teachers pp.83; students pp.151

Country of Origin: Ireland

Keywords: Gender, Inequality, Migration and refugees, Primary, Junior Primary, Senior Primary, Plan Ireland, child rights

Target Audience: Junior Primary Senior Primary 5-8 years 8-12 years

Curriculum Subjects: Geography History English Drama Social Environmental and Scientific Education Social Personal and Health Education

Available Formats: Whiteboard Activity Pack

Available from:
  • Following a quick registration process, the materials (teacher handbook and three interactive student resources) are free to download from Plan International Ireland
  • More info at Plan International Ireland or email


The resource contains three modules, with five lessons in each, covering three different global issues aimed at different age groups ranging from 6 – 12 years old.  The first module is on Gender and is aimed at 1st – 2nd class, the second module covers issues of Inequality and is for 3rd – 4th class, and the third module is on Migration and Refugees and is tailored to 5th – 6th class.


  • primary curriculum friendly
  • each module has five lessons
  • whiteboard friendly
  • packed with activity sheets and teacher guidance notes
  • fun and interactive
  • issue driven, based on three key areas identified

Module 1: Gender

This module aims to familiarise 1st – 2nd class children about gender. The lessons explore children’s likes and dislikes and whether boys and girls can like the same things, with the ultimate of challenging stereotypes based on gender and increase the children’s understanding of the barriers faced by many girls in the world.

Module 2: Inequality

This module aims to familiarise 3rd – 4th class children with the concept of inequality. The lessons introduce inequality as linked to fairness between people and fairness between countries. The lessons examine inequality in broad terms which will be relatable to children, exploring living conditions such as water and sanitation, gender and childhood inequality and other barriers to education.

The module concludes with what we can do to address inequality and the new Sustainable Development agenda. These are 17 Global Goals decided by countries all over the world as the new approach to reduce poverty, inequality and climate change.

Module 3: Migration and Refugees

This module aims to familiarise 5th – 6th class children with the issues of migration and refugees. The lessons introduce the concept of voluntary migration, where people choose to move to another part of the world and the push and pull factors involved in this decision. It then examines the concept of involuntary migration, where people are forced to leave there home through conflict, persecution or natural disaster.

The module then explores the concepts of seeking asylum and being an asylum seeker in Ireland. The ultimate aim of the module is to give children an overview of the refugee situation in the world and challenge some of the perceptions about migration and refugees that they might have heard in the media.

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