Middle School Resources


Making Change: Tips from an Underage Overachiever

making changeWritten by: Bilaal Rajan

Bilaal Rajan shares his tips on how to set up effective and fun fundraisers. His second part of the book shares his secrets to achieving his goals and dreams.





Walking Home

walking homeWritten by Eric Walters

Canadian author, Eric Walters writes about a story 2 young Kenyan siblings who are forced to flee their home through political violence. Their displacement sends them to an overcrowded refugee camp and on a walking journey to find their grandparents over 100 miles away.

Audio and additional pictures are found at:  http://ericwalterswalkinghome.com/




Mama Miti

Written by Donna Jo Napoli

Illustrated by Kadir Nelson

A picture book but still excellent for middle school!A story about Wangari Matthai, a Kenyan who founded the Green Belt Movement.

Reflection Questions



Here are some questions to use with your class either for journals, circle time or group or partner discussions. When working with small groups or partners you could cut up the questions and put them in a bag or have the students create a question for their peers too.


  1. What are the problems that Education is Power is trying to tackle? Are these problems important to you?  Why or why not?
  1. Where else do you know in the world where students don’t have access to education? What do you know about other organizations working to promote education?
  1. Why do you think access to education is important for everybody?
  1. Why do you think it is important for people to think about global issues?
  1. If at the end of middle school you couldn’t go to high school how would yours, your family’s and your community’s lives be different?Naari girls March 2015 returning to school

Extension Activities

Put Yourself on the Line

  • Have students line up and describe that the line is a continuum with strongly agree on one side and strongly disagree on the other and they should move where their opinion is.
  • You can say statements such as “Primary education should be free for everyone”, “We don’t need to worry about people in other countries”, etc.
  • When they get to their place have them talk to each other why they are there and tell other groups why they are there.Brainstorm about issues at your school, community and the world together as a group.

Spider Web

spider web

  • Ask the students to write down as many wishes as they can for either the school, community or the world then pick the one they feel most passionate about
  • Invite students to stand in a circle. With a ball of coloured yarn ask the first student to share their wish, hold onto the end of yarn and pass it to somebody across the circle. That person then shares this and this goes on until everyone has spoken and a “spider web” pattern has been created.

Research an NGO

  • There are a lot of NGO’s and charities doing amazing things. Students could summarize and create a report through power point, poster or video.

Consider Pen Pals

  • If you are interested in getting more involved with EIP, we can help set you up with pen pals or arrange a skype call with one of our EIP students.

Make a Class Action Plan

around world

Whether it is about this issue or another the steps go like so:

  1. Find out what world or local issue your students are passionate about.
  2. Learn more about this issue together.
  3. Make a plan
  4. Take Action!