Schools Around the Globe

6, 7, 8

Students read and learn about a group, IMPUHWE (means compassion in Kinyarwanda), that supports girls’ education in Rwanda. They compare and contrast attributes of school systems across the globe.

PrintOne 45-Minute Session

The learner will:

  • compare and contrast educational practices around the world.
  • analyze the mission and practices of a nonprofit group run by youth.
  • student copies of Education Facts Across the Globe handout
  • Internet access for video

Global: related to issues across the globe—a perspective that takes into account the interconnectedness of people, countries, and institutions from across the world.

  • The U.S. Department of State’s List of International Learning Resources offers resources on countries across the globe that can be used when thinking about education near and far.


  1. Anticipatory Set:

    Show the video on the home page of Richard’s Rwanda, IMPUHWE which describes the work of a Seattle teen who started a nonprofit to help girls in Rwanda go to school ( Tell students that Jessica Markowitz founded Richard’s Rwanda-IMPUHWE when she was in the 6th grade at only 11 years old! Jessica’s family met a Rwandan man named Richard who told them about educational opportunities for girls in his home country. Jessica worked with a team of classmates to build this program to help support girls in Rwanda.

  2. Tell students that Jessica and her friends are practicing philanthropy as they share their time, talent, and treasure to help people who have been denied their basic rights. Even at 11 years old, they recognized that they could make a difference, and they started a nonprofit organization to do important work in the world.

  3. Read the following description of the nonprofit organization started and run by young people:

  4. Richard’s Rwanda is a group of Seattle students working together to support Rwandan girls’ education. Its members provide financial support to low-income girls in the rural area of Nyamata so that they may complete elementary school, middle school, and six years of secondary school (high school). The goal of the organization is to allow the girls to complete their educations and to enhance their ability to earn income and become leaders in their community. In 1994 there was genocide in Rwanda—one million people were killed. Genocide is a deliberate and systematic destruction of an ethnic, racial, religious, or other group. Itis a type of persecution in which one group of people tries to completely eliminate another group of people who are different from them. Many children lost their parents and stopped attending school because they could not afford to attend. Richard’s Rwanda is helping 30 girls in Nyamata, Rwanda, by supplying them with uniforms, books, notebooks, and pencils in order to attend school. Eventually, the Seattle group hopes to build a library or learning center for the current and next generation of girls in Nyamata.

  5. Ask:

    • How do you think Jessica and her classmates are making a difference in the lives of girls across the world?
    • What is the main goal of this nonprofit organization?
    • Why do you think Jessica asked friends to help her rather than working alone?
    • How do you think educating girls helps them to become leaders in their community?
    • Why should someone from Seattle, Washington, take action to help girls across the world? Does what occurs across the world affect us? How and why?
  6. Tell student groups to compare their own school to other schools locally and globally. Have them research the number of students in a class, school fees, and number of “specials” (art, music, PE), etc. They may refer to Handout One to read statistics about education issues around the world. They will refer to this research in the following lessons.

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.I Definitions of Philanthropy
    1. Standard DP 01. Define Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark MS.1 Define philanthropy as individuals and organizations providing their time, talent, and/or treasures intended for the common good throughout history and around the world. Give examples.
      2. Benchmark MS.4 Give examples of how individuals have helped others.
    2. Standard DP 04. Operational Characteristics of Nonprofit Organizations
      1. Benchmark MS.3 Describe how a specific civil society organization in the community operates.
  2. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 02. Diverse Cultures
      1. Benchmark MS.4 Identify civil society organizations that protect and speak for minority viewpoints.