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 Mind the Gap 

A resource for learners


Download the Mind the Gap Facilitator Guide and Player Instructions to help teach young people about the gaps and inequities in access to education. Engaging activities, suitable for a variety of learning environments, bring statistics to life. Users of the tool, developed by the UIS, can explore and compare access to education for children, adolescents, students and adults living in different countries of the world.

Facilitator's Guide
This guide provides an introduction to the topic of gender and education, gives a framework for exploring the online data tool, and suggests further ways to extend learning.
Player's Instructions
Create a profile and see how your character’s situation compares to that of others around the world.

About the resource


This Facilitator Guide provides educators and facilitators with engaging activities that are suitable for a wide variety of learning environments. These activities provide an introduction to the topic of gender and education, give a framework for exploring the online data tool, and suggest further ways to extend learning.


Learning outcomes


Through the learning activities in this guide, participants will:

  • Understand that all children have the right to an education
  • Examine why millions of children are out of school
  • Explore the reasons for the gaps in access to education for girls and boys
  • To reinforce mathematical concepts and processes
  • Analyze and interpret information and data relevant to inquiry questions
  • Evaluate evidence and draw conclusions
  • Identify and describe the significance of some indicators commonly used to measure quality of education and quality of life
  • Compare findings from lesser-developed countries and more developed countries with respect to selected indicators
  • Communicate mathematical thinking visually and in writing using everyday language.

Suggested audience


The activities in this guide are most suitable for young people in grades 5 through 10 participating in classroom settings, clubs and youth groups, and homeschools that are exploring global citizenship and education themes. Additionally, the content in this guide can be adapted for a wider variety of learning levels and environments.


Time required


Designate at least five hours to complete all of the activities in this guide as described. Or choose the activities that best suit your time, resources and learning environment. Each activity suggests a time allotment to help you plan.


Curriculum connections for Canadian educators


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