Educator Resources

Inspiring Global Citizens – An Educator’s Guide

A free classroom resource designed for intermediate and secondary school classes to help students understand their roles as global citizens in an increasingly interconnected world. Easily adaptable to the unique needs of your classroom and students, each unit contains activities that support cross-curricular learning in Social Studies, Geography, History, Language Arts, and the Arts and incorporates a range of skills-based competencies such as critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, and map analysis.

Click here to read about Ontario teacher Katherine Stauch’s experience using the resource.

Reading List for Global Citizens

A diverse reading list of fiction, non-fiction, and children’s books on global development and stories from the developing world. Each book is hyperlinked to a page providing more information, and reference numbers provided will help you locate the book at your local library.

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A Developing World Map

(Intermediate, Secondary)

An easy-to-use map that shows the health, wealth, and education indicators for all of the countries of the world, based on the United Nations Human Development Index. The online version of the map includes additional interactive features and links to a series of 13 bilingual lesson plans to help teachers make use of the map in the classroom.

Alberta Council for Global Cooperation Development In A Box

(All levels)

Filled with lesson plans on a variety of global issues, this resource is designed to help teachers incorporate global issues into classroom curriculum. Lessons are linked to curriculum objectives in the Alberta Program of Studies.

Bridges That Unite

(Primary, Intermediate)

An innovative teaching resource for Grades 5-8 on international development developed by Classroom Connections and Aga Khan Foundation Canada. Bridges That Unite is designed to support education about Canada and the world, global citizenship, democracy, and world geography, cultures, and economies. Through thought-provoking dialogue on global issues, resource inequality, and quality of life around the world, students are challenged to rethink typical assumptions about development and consider how they can effectively take action.

CAWST Wavemakers

(All levels)

CAWST (Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology) provides technical training and consulting and acts as a centre of expertise in water and sanitation in developing countries. CAWST’s Youth Wavemakers is a unique program dedicated to youth. Wavemakers informs, engages, encourages action, and celebrates the impact that youth are having on local and global water issues. CAWST Wavemakers offers a wide range of resource for educators.

Citizen Kid Central


An online hub containing multimedia tools for children to explore global issues such as children’s rights, food security, access to safe and clean water, biodiversity, microfinance, and access to education and health care.

Economics for All


A curriculum guide for Grade 8 classes that contains lessons on human rights, economics, trade, agriculture, and more.



“An education program in responsible global citizenship. It brings together people who want to teach, learn and act as responsible global citizens; focusing on the causes of problems and their solutions.”

Global Affairs Canada: Teacher Zone

An online hub for resources on international development and global citizenship, including links to internship opportunities, fun games, curriculum resources, maps, and more.

Global Hive: Tools for Engaging Global Citizens

(Intermediate, Secondary)

A global citizenship hub that includes tools, checklists, best practices, and resources for incorporating global citizenship into the classroom and community.

Learning for a Sustainable Future

(All levels)

A resource that contains links to professional development workshops, tools and handbooks, and classroom resources to help teachers enrich their students’ education through active, experiential, and interdisciplinary learning.

TakingITGlobal for Educators

(All levels)

A database of curriculum-linked teaching resources and online learning spaces packed with a wide variety of content that addresses a range of important issues.

Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future

A UNESCO program for the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development that provides four modules of professional development for educators.

UNICEF Global Classroom

(All levels)

A resource to support and expand teaching and learning on global citizenship through the lens of children’s rights.

Global Citizen

(Intermediate, Secondary)

An online platform containing articles, videos, and other resources on global citizenship and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) designed with youth and students in mind.

World’s Largest Lesson

(All levels)

An online resource containing lesson plans, videos, and other creative resources on the Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

Global Citizenship Summer Institute 2014