Resource via @OxfamEducation: Raising Her Voice

Explore the power of music with this teaching resource for ages 7–11

OxfamVoiceFeatureRaising Her Voice is a new series of lessons freely available from Oxfam Education that inspire pupils to learn about the role of music in social change.

Through the Teacher Guide and presentational resource, the ‘Raising Her Voice’ programme works with local partners on projects that focus on women’s rights and participation. By engaging with marginalised women, these projects aim to develop confidence and solidarity of women and an awareness of their rights. This also increases their ability and their willingness to speak out on rights abuses and to seek justice. For example, the core activities of the Raising Her Voice programme in Nigeria have included the provision of legal aid for survivors of violence against women and girls, and campaigning to end gender-based violence.

Aimed at Primary School aged pupils, the resource enables you to bring music into your classroom through simple performance opportunities, based on West African musical principles. This is done through using a cyclic pattern to build a class performance, with suggestions for enabling pupils to incorporate their own musical experiences into the mix. This will enable pupils to develop a range of skills, such as confidence, teamwork, discipline and creativity within a framework of global citizenship and rights education.

The pack contains four detailed lesson plans as follows:

  • Lesson 1 Introduction to West Africa
  • Lesson 2 Exploring West African music
  • Lesson 3 Exploring rights
  • Lesson 4 Raising Her Voice

Each lesson plan includes background notes for teachers and, where appropriate, photocopiable resource sheets for pupils and links to online audio and video material, which can be downloaded from

Click here to view and download the resource freely from Oxfam UK Education.

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