Teacher Resources

Thank you for making portraits for children in Nigeria!

We know that many teachers use the Portrait Program as a chance to teach their students about the lives and culture of the children for whom they create portraits. Feel free to use the following resources to guide your discussions. 


Nigeria is a country located on the western coast of Africa with a bustling economy and geography as diverse as its people. It is home to over 250 ethnic groups with over 500 languages and a variety of customs and traditions. Since 2014, over 2.4 million Nigerians have been displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency, living far away from home in fear of the next attack and kidnapping by the terrorist organization. Now, they suffer from additional destruction and displacement caused by warring factions of herders and farmers as they battle over resources, land, and religion.


Still, Nigerian children hope for a safe present and a better future. The portraits you make for schoolchildren in Nigeria will remind each child of their own strength and beauty; it will show them that someone living far away is paying attention to the challenges that they face and truly cares about their wellbeing. 

Helpful Links


Get a quick, kid-friendly overview on Nigeria, from history to nature in this article by National Geographic Kids.   

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This video by the BBC highlights images by a Nigerian photographer determined to change the Nigerian narrative through his art. 

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This video by Al Jazeera  shows what daily life is like in Lagos, Nigeria, one of the fastest growing megacities in the world. 


Nigerians are proud of their robust, warm flavors. Read about some of their must-try dishes in this article by Answers Africa

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A 2018 Human Rights Watch report on Nigeria details the dangers that citizens face including Boko Haram, internal fighting, & political corruption. 

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Learn about the Boko Haram Chibok kidnappings in 2014 and the kidnapping of more schoolgirls in 2018 in this Times video and article.

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