The ethics of ‘doing good’

Claire Bennett reflects on the ethics of students volunteering abroad – what steps can young people take to ensure they find a responsible placement with positive outcomes?

Beat the Flood

Beat the Flood is a STEM challenge from Practical Action. Suitable for KS2-3 (age 7-14); pupils use their STEM skills to design and build a model of a flood-proof house.

Floating Garden Challenge

Another great hands-on STEM activity from Practical Action, suitable for for all ages between 7-19. The problem: In Bangladesh land is frequently flooded as a result of climate change, ruining crops grown for food. The result is that families go hungry.

Small Is… Challenge

Small Is... Challenge

Practical Action’s Small Is…Challenge is based around the philosophy of their founder E F Schumacher, that small changes can lead to a big impact on people‚Äôs lives.

Wind Power Challenge

Wind Power Challenge

Suitable for Key Stages 2 to 4 (ages 7 to 16), this renewable energy, wind power challenge from Practical Action puts students’ competitive spirits to the test.

African Walk on Wednesday – Walk to School

African Walk to School

This Walk on Wednesday, why not do something different to motivate your pupils and help them be healthy and learn about Africa while they walk? You’ll be joining in with the thousands of children across Africa who walk to school every day.

GLADE Film Club

GLADE (The Centre for Global Learning and Development Education) in Ilminster, Somerset, teamed up with a local youth centre to show issue-based films as a way to reach out to new young people and explore global issues.

Whilst this project was undertaken by a youth group, it could be replicated within schools or after-school clubs.

Make Poverty History lessons and assembly

Campaigning events and action weeks can provide a good focus for learning about particular global issues and reflecting on how individuals and groups can make a difference.

Dig for Sustainability – learning from the older generation

The Cambridge Global Collective set up a project to explore how their wartime heritage relates to current concerns about sustainability and climate change. The project, based at the Harambee Centre, worked with a core group of 30 young people to discover how the World War II ‘Dig for Victory’ campaign could influence current-day practice.

Whilst this project was undertaken by a youth group, it could be replicated within schools or after-school clubs.