Comparing Young Lives: Resources on poverty

KS2: ages 7-11KS3: ages 11-14PDF

Use this short resource to gain a snapshot into the lives of children around the world.

Learners can use real data, case studies and photographs to develop empathy and investigate the effects of inequality and poverty on children’s opportunities. They can then think critically about inequality and hone their skills with specific curriculum-linked sessions.

These resources include a teachers overview, a PowerPoint, and separate global poverty resources for English, Geography and Maths.

 

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    • English taster activities: welcome to my life Learners will be introduced to four young people interviewed by Young Lives researchers, two from India and two from Peru. Learners will then use written text and role play to investigate the lives of these young people in more detail. Finally, they will start to think about and discuss any similarities and differences between the lives of these young people and their own lives, as well as possible reasons for any differences.
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    • Geography taster activities: picturing countries Learners will locate the four Young Lives countries (Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam) and the UK on a world map, before thinking about and discussing what they know about these countries already. They will use photographs to prompt discussion about their existing knowledge and consider how preconceptions and assumptions can influence people’s impressions of what a place is like. As a follow-up activity, learners could use secondary sources of information to further develop their knowledge about these countries.
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    • COMPARING YOUNG LIVES TEACHERS’ OVERVIEW This short resource for 8 to 14 year olds provides a series of engaging introductory activities which enable learners to explore the issue of inequality through the lives of young people living in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Viet Nam. The activities link to the geography (social studies), maths and English curricula in England, Scotland and Wales. Comparing Young Lives is a taster resource based on two existing Oxfam resources which compare the lives of young people around the world
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    • Maths taster activities: handling data Outline Learners will explore some of the ways in which well-being is quantitatively measured. They will ask and answer questions about a set of tabulated data for the UK and the four Young Lives countries: Ethiopia, India, Peru and Viet Nam. Younger or less able learners will then explore the use of infographics to represent percentages. Older or more able learners will discuss and reflect on different ways to describe the data and generate their own statements about the information being shown.
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    • UNIT 1 Session 1: welcome to my life - Learners will be introduced to eight young people interviewed by Young Lives researchers, two from each of the four Young Lives countries (Ethiopia, India, Peru and Viet Nam). Learners will investigate the lives of these young people in more detail and write summaries about their lives. Finally learners will start to think about and discuss any similarities and differences between the lives of these young people and their own lives, as well as possible reasons for the differences. Suitable for age: Age range: 11–16 years
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