Cover image: Typhoon Haiyan

Typhoon Haiyan

Following the recent 'super typhoon' which has caused so much devastation in the Philippines, we have brought together a selection of resources covering this topic. These include: suggestions for teaching resources; news items and photo galleries; as well as wider links relating to teaching and talking about disasters, and what schools and individuals can do to help. Please email or let us know in the comments section below, if you have further suggestions to add to this page.


CAFOD have two short films for schools thanking pupils for donations and exploring the work done to help recovery after the typhoon: InterAksyon: Aerial photos taken two months after the typhoon, showing resilience and recovery

Teaching resources

British Red Cross: Typhoon Haiyan: education ideas - for secondary students CAFOD: Typhoon Haiyan - film clip and lesson resources for KS2, KS3 and KS4 Geographical Association: Philippines typhoon - November 2013 - a summary, including its primary and secondary effects, what caused the storm and why its impact was so severe. Guardian Teacher Network: Typhoon Haiyan and disaster recovery - news stories and teaching resources New York Times Learning Network: Teaching About the Typhoon in the Philippines Oxfam: Philippines Typhoon Resource - Assembly and background notes for Key Stage 3 but adaptable. TES: Typhoon Haiyan - background information and teaching suggestions The Day: Philippines devastated by 'worst ever' storm and Baby brings joy amidst Philippines 'bedlam' - feature and teaching ideas for secondary students from this news website for schools.

News and Opinion

There is a huge amount of news out there to choose from, but the following links have potentially useful educational material. BBC News: Typhoon Haiyan - includes maps and photos BBC News: Tacloban - City at the centre of the storm New York Times: The Poverty and Population Factors Behind Vast Typhoon Losses Inquirer: - Philippine online newspaper (in English) Visual-ly: Typhoon Haiyan info-graphic In an emotional speech on 11 November, Yeb Sano, the head of the Philippines delegation at UN climate talks in Poland pleaded with the world to take immediate, drastic action to reduce climate change-causing carbon dioxide emissions. There is an edited version of his speech on YouTube (4 mins):


Some images may be distressing so do check through before displaying in class. The Atlantic in focus photo gallery: 26 pictures of the storm and its effects and The Philippines: One Week After Typhoon Haiyan Guardian: Before and after images SPLOID: More before and after images EUMETSAT: Meterological and satellite images

Discussing and dealing with disasters

Peace Pledge Union: Talking with Children When the Talking Gets Tough Scholastic: Talking To Your Kids About Natural Disasters, War and Violence British Red Cross: Recovering a future - interactive website which uses the example of the Indian Ocean tsunami to explore how relief efforts help communities to rebuild after a disaster. Devex: 10 Tips for NGOs responding to Philippine typhoon - could help older students understand the challenges faced by people trying to help Oxfam: Dealing With Disasters - secondary activities about why disasters happen, and what we can do to help UNISDR: Stop Disasters - online game which aims to teach how villages and cities can be made to be more resilient to disasters.

Ways to help

Disasters Emergency Committee: Philippines Typhoon Appeal - collective appeal from 14 leading UK aid charities. At the time of writing, £13 million had been collected; two days after the appeal was launched. Good Intentions Are Not Enough: The Dos and Don'ts of Disaster Donations - useful points, written from a US perspective See also our feature on Fundraising for schools. The photo at the top of the page is Typhoon Haiyan approaching the Philippines (13:00 UTC 11/7/2013) from NASA Goddard Photo and Video on Flickr, and used under a Creative Commons Licence. Copyright 2013 JMA/EUMETSAT.