Global Goals Book Club: Goal 5, Gender Equality

Activity 1 – Green-Schools Global Goals Book Club The Princess, Dragon, and Oak Tree

Age Group: Primary

This story challenges the generalized view of ‘princesses’ in traditional stories and equally the view that girls need saving and/or protecting. It also challenges traditional views of how sons and daughters can be treated differently regarding inheritance, particularly when it comes to land and farms. Still in Ireland women are underrepresented in owning farms or in managing roles in farming.


As the story is long, a suggestion to teachers is to pause the story at 7:18mins and allow a break and time for discussion. Possible questions to ask halfway through the story: 

  • How do the class feel the princess has been treated so far in the story? 
  • Who is powerful or being listened to in the story?
  • Does the class think the princess can defeat the dragon? 


Then enjoy the rest of the story. Did anyone predict the ending?

After listening the story think about the following questions and discuss: 

  • Do you think an oak tree could really be strong enough to trap and kill a dragon? 
  • Why was no one listening to the Princess at the beginning? 
  • Why couldn’t the Princess inherit the kingdom on her own? 
  • FACT: Do you realise that most farms in Ireland are owned by men and that it is still most common for sons to inherit family farms instead of daughters. 
  • Do you think this is fair? Can girl’s not be farmers? 
  • Can tree’s really make it rain? Watch this short video that explains how they do (content may be a bit complex so recommended for 5th -6th class) 


Age Group: 4th – 6th Class

Challenging Gender Roles:  Print off the Challenging gender roles PDF. Enough for small groups of pupils to work together. Allow them to discuss who does what? Compare their responses as a class. Reveal the answers and discuss. 


Age Group: 2nd- 5th Class

Stella’s Dream Scenario & The Dancer Scenario: View the introduction of one of the stories and allow pupils individually or in pairs to finish the stories perhaps in a comic style? Ask the class why are Stella and Jacob experiencing these problems? 

The Dancer Video Link 

Stella’s Dream Video Link  


Age Group: 2nd- 6th Class

After listening to the Princess, dragon & oak tree story why not allow the class to design their own idea of what the Princess’s royal crest could look like on the new shields and flags of her kingdom. Possibly combining the oak, oak leaf, acorn and dragon? Also what would her kingdom’s motto be? Further the pupils could design their own family crest and motto. What images, symbols and inspiring words represent them? 


Activity 2 – Green-Schools Global Goals Book Club Razia’s Ray of Hope

Age Group: Senior Primary and Secondary

Welcome to the second book in our Global Goals Book Club. This story covers a lot of things that we will explore throughout the week. But today we would like you to ‘read’ the audio book here and then you might enjoy doing the character profile activity below. Sit back and enjoy the story!


Activity – Persuasive Writing

Age Group: Senior Primary and Secondary

We are going to learn about one of the Sustainable Development Goals : Quality Education. This is one of the Global Goals that Ireland is doing well so when you get back to school remember to say a huge thanks to your principal and teachers who work very hard to provide quality education to all students and learners through out the school year. Globally about 258 million children and youth don’t go to school (UNESCO institute for Statistics UIS). Goal 4 Quality Education is trying to achieve education for all by 2030. Doesn’t that sound great? Imagine if you couldn’t go back to school ever. How would you feel?

In the book Razia’s Ray of Hope we know that Razia has no access to school. Girls in her country were not allowed to go to school for a long time. She needed permission from the men in her family. Does that sound fair? If you were Razia how would you convince Baba (her father) and her brothers to let you go to school? Complete the activities below and try to convince them to let you attend the new school. Why is it important to get an education?

Have fun!


Activity – Craft with Jo and Lizzy

Age Group: Senior Primary and Secondary

We are going to be celebrating the best woman in your life through our craft project. Watch the craft lesson below and get crafting. Please share your creations with us @GreenSchoolsIre and the celebrated woman in your life! Have fun!


Activity – From where I stand: Global Citizenship and Gender Equality

Age Group: Senior Primary and Secondary

Hello everyone, today we are going to see how the story of Razia links to Global Goal 5 on Gender Equality. Do you know what gender equality means? Do you think that it is fair that boys in Afghanistan can go to school and girls cannot? Just imagine if it was like that here in Ireland! What can we do about this unfair situation in our own lives? Have a look at the video below where Emma Watson explains the ‘ From where I stand’ activity you can do to raise awareness about Goal number 5


Videos focused on Gender Equality: first is suitable for senior primary and older and the second one is suitable for secondary students

Age Group: Senior Primary and Secondary

Senior Primary and older: Awra Amba is a small village in Ethopia where they have embraced gender equality, in a country where women are generally subservient to men. It is seen as a model to help ease poverty and promote gender equality. Have a look at this short video explaining more about Awra Amba .

Suitable for Secondary Students: The pad project’s mission is to create and cultivate local and global partnerships to end period stigma and to empower women world wide. For students who have access to Netflix the 30 minute film can be viewed there but you can also watch the trailer and learn more about the pad project here.

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