NO POVERTY - In this session students will learn about people living in extreme poverty across the world, struggling for the most basic human needs. Students will look at the ways they can contribute to the conclusion of global poverty.


Prior Learning

Knowledge and understanding of:

  • The Convention on the Rights of the Child

  • The Sustainable Development Goals


Poverty- the state of living with less than $1.25 USD a day; which is insufficient for long term basic survival

Identity - the fact of being who or what a person or thing is.

Culture - the learned ideas, customs, and social behavior of a particular people or society.



  1. Explain the impact that poverty has on individuals who live below the poverty lines.

  2. Understand where poverty can be found, on both a global scale and within communities at home.

  3. Explore the effects of poverty on individuals and their communities.




Home Economics

Political Science

Key skill element: Respecting Difference


Over 385 million children are living in extreme poverty from a UNICEF study from 2013. Extreme poverty is household living on less than €1.25 a day, over 1.6 billion people live in extreme poverty. Most of these children and families are living in sub Saharan Africa. Children living in poverty are the worst affected, due to severe dehydration and malnutrition 165 million children suffer from student growth. With the lack of access to clean drinking water children are susceptible to diarrhea which over 2 million children are too poor to seek treatment. 


  • By 2030, eradicate poverty for all people everywhere, currently measured as people living on less than €1.25 a day.

  • By 2030, reduce at least by half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions.

  • By 2030, build the resilience of the poor and those in vulnerable situations and reduce their exposure and vulnerability to climate related extreme events or other economic, social and environmental shocks and disasters.

Malawi Child Poverty- The story of Nyamiti
Findings from the first ever Malawi Child Poverty report show that sixty-three per cent of Malawi’s children are deprived of basic needs such as education, health, nutrition, water, sanitation, shelter and information. The most vulnerable represent one third of all children in Malawi.
Would you stop if you saw this little girl on the street? 
Social experiment on understanding the prejudices and perceptions of those living in poverty. 
How inspirational South African teen living in poverty turned his life around
18-year-old Odwa lives in one of South Africa's poorest neighborhoods. At a tender age he lost his parents, ended up joining a gang and was attacked with a knife. Here is his inspirational story on how he turned his life around.


How is Global Poverty different from poverty in Ireland? Does Ireland have issues with people living in poverty?


  • More than 790,000 people are living in poverty in Ireland

  • Over 250,000 of these individuals are children

  • 16.5% of the population were at risk of poverty, while the consistent poverty rate was 8.3%

  • Deprivation levels have increased in family homes by 18.3%


From these statistics, how does this change your knowledge of poverty in Ireland? By recognizing the growing rates of poverty, we can better understand the needs of our own communities. The levels of homelessness and poverty in Ireland is growing and disproportionate to that of the population. Were you aware of the poverty levels in Ireland? If not, why do you think you haven't noticed poverty in your own community?


Group-work: Divide into small groups and consider the following issues:


  • No Poverty: Write down your definition of poverty or what does it mean to be impoverished in Ireland and/or globally.

  • Back to School: What 15 items do you consider essential when preparing for a new school year? Free primary and secondary education is guaranteed in Ireland, but school supplies are scarce when on a budget. Considering your list of items, try to narrow it down to 10 essential items, then 5. How would these limitations affect your school year? Socially, academically?

  • Books

  • Shoes

  • Notebook

  • Pen/pencils

  • Bookbag

  • Breakfast

  • Other

  • Shower/bath

  • Sanitary products

  • School Uniform

  • Phone

  • Laptop/Ipad

  • Bike/Bus to school

  • Good night sleep

Community Action: What can you do in your community to advocate for change? Are you aware of the current Irish programmes to help students who are living in poverty?


With the high numbers of Irish individuals living in poverty, it’s important for members in all communities to help tackle the issue of poverty in Ireland to reach the SDG’s for 2030. Being active in your community and outreach programmes is a great way to be more involved in the society you live in.



  • Local food outreach centre

  • Mission trip

  • Organise a canned food drive

  • Collect clothing or school supplies

  • Bake Sale

  • Participate in an athletic Charity event (i.e., 5k run or walk)


Making your voice heard in your Government:

Increase awareness and policy change from your local government representatives by campaigning and/or organising petitions. Use your social media prowess to voice your opinions on the awareness and eradication of poverty. Educate yourself on the policy and programmes the Irish government has in legislature (ie. Deis schools, Grants, etc…).Involve yourself in online movements on social media platforms and the UNICEF U-report.

This Workshop was written and Designed by:

Kristen O'Connell has a Bachelor's degree from Miami University and will be concluding her Masters Degree from Trinity College Dublin in International Peace Studies in November 2018. Originally from New Jersey in the United States, Kristen has a background in business and has a keen knowledge in UN and Economic policy. 

Caitlin Banke is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. She has a Bachelor's degree in International Business from Menlo College and will be concluding her Masters Degree from Trinity College Dublin in International Peace Studies in November 2018. Caitlin has focused her studies and work around women and children's issues. 


UNICEF Ireland wants to support you to start a global movement for change beginning in our own communities. Stay connected online with other activists like you. 


If you would like more information, getting involved or posting a blog about your activism, please email us at itsaboutus@unicef.ie

Thanks to our Supporters

Irish Aid for supporting youth activism within UNICEF Ireland.