Today's highlight is on the dashboards available from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). According to their website the "UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled."
The data is even broken down by region with the countries.In my opinion, their flagship dashboard is the Adolescent and Youth Dashboard powered by the Community Systems Foundation (who are doing some amazing work on data and education). This dashboard contains population demographics regarding youth from the ages of 10-24. There is an emphasis on age of marriage, pregnancy, and education. You can select specific countries to view. Unfortunately there is a limited selection of countries available, with all but one located in Africa.
Limited data set aside, the visualizations and interface is elegant and simple. You can even download the overall profile as a PDF.
If you do not have a classroom where students have access to the internet, or devices, you could easily download country profiles and print them ahead of time for groups to access.
For a broader comparison between countries, you may prefer the Sub-Saharan Africa - Adolescents and Young People Dashboard. Here you can access basic information about education, health, gender equality and population. You can refine the data based on region if you were focusing on a set of events in a specific region.
If you are specifically focusing on family planning, there is a Family Planning Dashboard that has a larger set of countries sorted by region with data on contraception and family planning practices.
If you are specifically focusing on family planning, there is a Family Planning Dashboard that has a larger set of countries sorted by region with data on related to family planning as well as economic and population statistics.
To access more detailed data you will need to select a specific country by clicking on the map. You may also choose to select a specific region to refine the map before selecting your country.
Here are some possible lesson and unit ideas to help get your planning going, and please share any ideas you have in the comments:
- Explore themes about adolescents in Africa in conjunction with reading books such as The Bitter Side of Sweet, A Long Walk To Water, or The Garbage King. If you teach at an MYP school, this could make a great interdisciplinary unit for Language Arts to work with Individuals & Societies, and it would fit nicely in with a World Literature unit.
- Humanities unit exploring the concepts of equity, identity, power, or choice. Tie-in with maps and accessing data. Summative assessment could include identifying an interesting trend or comparison in the data and then researching the underlying causes and presenting an analysis of findings. Formats could include a news article, an IGNITE presentation, or having students take part in a mock UN panel of experts to answer questions.
- Science units on population dynamics or reproductive health could both access this data to find case studies to explore.