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The George Washington University Expands Malala Yousafzai Resource Guide to Include High School Students

Free, Online Guides Available for High School Instructors
May 20, 2015
MEDIA CONTACTS:
Emily Grebenstein: emgreb@gwu.edu, 202-994-3087  
Kurie Fitzgerald: kfitzgerald@gwu.edu, 202-994-6461
 
WASHINGTON (May 20, 2015)—The George Washington University’s Global Women’s Institute (GWI), in partnership with the Malala Fund and Little, Brown and Company, expanded its free, online resource guide, “I Am Malala: A Resource Guide for Educators,” which was originally intended for college-level students, to include a supplement for high school students and teachers. 
 
“Malala’s message of equality and the importance of education needs to be heard by people of all ages,” said Mary Ellsberg, director of GWI. “By providing this additional material we are reaching more students at a crucial age, when they are starting to learn about the world around them and can take on the important role of being aware, global citizens.” 
 
The guide focuses on eight themes: 
Memoir as literature and history
Education: a human right for girls
Cultural politics, gender and history in Malala Yousafzai’s “I Am Malala”
Religion and religious extremism
Malala and violence against women and girls
Malala leadership essay
Malala and the media
Global feminisms: speaking and acting about women and girls
 
Originally developed for college-level students, the latest version of each theme includes content for high school students and expands on the key terms and concepts encountered when reading “I Am Malala.” The new materials also pose basic questions to help start conversations on the broader themes.
 
The guide is designed so that teachers can choose the themes that apply to their subject and use the book in class. The themes were designed by a group of GW faculty from the Elliott School of International Affairs, the Graduate School of Education and Human Development, the University Writing Program, the Elizabeth J. Somers Women’s Leadership Program, the School of Media and Public Affairs and women’s studies and religious studies programs in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
 
The curriculum guide first launched in November 2014 at an event attended by Malala’s father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, and Catherine Russell, U.S. ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues.
 
Multimedia Resources
Click here for photos of GW students showing their support for Malala.
Click here for b-roll and interviews of GW students and faculty involved in courses using the resource guide (password: Malala2014).
 
Global Women’s Institute
The Global Women’s Institute (GWI) at the George Washington University launched in 2012 as part of a university-wide initiative to advance gender equality through interdisciplinary research, education and civic engagement. GWI leads and supports projects that will make a difference in the lives of women at home and around the world by promoting research that strengthens the global knowledge base on gender, investing in education that prepares the next generation of leaders and advocating for civic engagement to influence policymakers and raise awareness of women’s issues.
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