Developments Magazine

This quarterly magazine from DFID is no longer published, but back issues from 2008 onwards are available as PDFs via the National Archive website. They provide useful background reading about key development ideas and themes.

Zlata’s Diary

Zlata’s diary sensitively conveys the experiences of war from the perspective of a child caught up in conflict. Zlata was ten years old when she started her diary in 1991 describing a happy life in Sarajevo with her family and friends. The following

First Steps to Rights

This is a well constructed and user-friendly pack for incorporating global perspectives into teaching and learning. It provides an introduction for very young children to the basic rights of all children and the responsibilities that accompany them.

W is for World: Around the world ABC

This ’round the world’ alphabet book covers more than 20 countries from Senegal to Nepal. It is an alphabet book of people, cultures and customs. It tells about the homes we live in, the kinds of food we eat, the clothes we wear and the families we live with.

Start with a Story

An excellent handbook which suggests ways of using storybooks to explore feelings, experiences and issues with young children. A variety of tried and tested activities are illustrated with a range of stories. Three approaches are exemplified.

A Different Story

An excellent handbook which looks at imaginative ways of using stories to empathise with a range of characters. Many of the texts are set in the South and explore issues such as conflict, poverty, racism and the environment.

Families Pack

This pack tells the stories of Jessica from London, Ciano from the Philippines, Jadranka from Bosnia-Herzegovina and Daouda from Burkina Faso. The children’s stories are accompanied by activities intended to develop children’s self esteem, encourage concern for others and explore difficult issues.

Masai and I

As Linda learns about the Maasai people from East Africa in her American inner city school, she feels a strong bond with them. As she goes about her daily life, she imagines what it might be like to be a Masai girl doing similar things.