Site URL: Oxfam.org.uk/education
Content: The Oxfam Education Web site offers hundreds of free online resources, lesson plans and teaching ideas covering a wealth of topics including climate change, water and fair trade. These award-winning resources are quality tested by experienced educators and take a global-citizenship approach.
Design: Handy is the word that best describes Oxfam’s site. Relevant news and direct teacher resources command equal attention. Visitors can access news items through a vertical bar on the right of the screen, while a companion bar on the left houses links to classroom materials.
The center column offers content specific to the site’s overall theme, which changes monthly. In addition, site highlights appear in a dedicated area.
Review: Oxfam’s mission is empowering young people to be active global citizens. The group helps young people understand global issues that affect their lives and take action toward a more just and sustainable world. Accordingly, all of the classroom materials have a multicultural perspective. Classroom materials are top-notch, and resources run the gamut from early childhood to high school. Here, educators can find lessons and worksheets as well as assembly ideas and case studies.
Bottom Line: A wealth of classroom materials with a multicultural and global perspective make Oxfam Education worth a return visit.