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What is a country?

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This activity by the Royal Geographical Society has been designed to engage students in Years 5 and 6 with issues facing unrecognised states around the world, and to encourage them to think differently about global governance. 

It explores communities that are excluded from the formal international system and raises questions around statehood. It offers an opportunity for students to develop public speaking skills, group work and critical thinking. The activity could also be adapted for KS3 students

The instruction sheet includes guidance on how to run the lesson. This activity is designed to be delivered in a 1 hour lesson. Also included are four information sheets for students to use during the activity. These cover four communities: Kurdistan; Somaliland; Taiwan; and Tibet.

Resource contents


Globalisation and Interdependence

Age Ranges

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



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