One Hen is another beautifully illustrated book from the team behind If The World Were a Village and is a great way to introduce children to ideas around sustainable development.
It tells the story of Kojo, a young Ghanaian boy who uses a micro loan to buy a chicken, so he can sell the eggs to make money. Through hard work, Kojo soon earns enough to go back to school. He grows up to own his own farm, employing many people in his village, and contributing to Ghana’s development.
The story illustrates how a small loan can have a huge impact on many people’s lives if used in the right way. At the end of the book, the story of the real-life Kojo is told, as well as other people who have been helped by micro loans. There is also a page of background information on how micro finance works, plus further information, lesson plans and activities suitable for KS1 and KS2 on the One Hen website (although this is focussed mainly around the school curriculum in the USA).
The book could be used within primary Literacy lessons and also Geography, PSHE or Citizenship, and the micro finance concepts could also be developed within Maths lessons.
The Geographical Association website has a useful case study exploring how ‘One Hen’ was used as part of a whole school ‘One World Week’ which aimed to raise the children’s awareness of themselves as global citizens.
PublisherA & C Black / Bloomsbury
- Book (£6.99)
- ISBN: 9781408109816
- No. of pages: 32
- The website of One Hen Inc., a US-based organisation, has further information and resources on social entrepreneurship for children.
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