The Poverty Challenge

Can exploring issues around serious issues such as poverty and subsistence farming be fun? The Poverty Challenge simulation game provides an engaging way to introduce young people to the issues of sustainability in rural communities.

Millennium Development Goals Indicators website

This website from the United Nations presents the official data, definitions, methodologies and sources for the 48 indicators to measure progress towards the Millennium Development Goals.

Choc-a-lot

This pack is for teachers and youth workers and provides a detailed outline of activities for a one-day workshop which introduces young people to the issues behind the global chocolate industry.

Growing bananas

A whole class trading game with background information including photos of the banana production process. During the simulation pupils ‘grow’ bananas from scrap paper, think critically about a range of situations facing banana growers, make decisions

The Cost of Coffee

This teaching pack investigates world coffee markets, and the causes and consequences of a recent drop in coffee prices for farmers and the economy.The book includes lessons about media literacy, corporate social responsibility, the role of international charities, and fair trade.

Global Education website

This website from AusAid (the Australian government’s aid department), provides lots of background information about global issues and suggestions for exploring these in class. It also suggests a variety of teaching activities exploring global

Change the World in Eight Steps

This excellent set of posters from Oxfam introduces the eight United Nations Millennium Development Goals to pupils aged 7 to 14. Issues covered in the pack include: trade, aid, and debt; education; environment; HIV/AIDS; poverty and hunger; and

Christian Aid Uncovered

This free set of PDFs introduces the work of the international charity Christian Aid, with mini case studies showing real people’s live in Burma, Burundi, Jamaica and Kenya. It includes sections on the causes of poverty, natural disasters and health.

No-Nonsense Guides

No Nonsense Guide to Globalization

This series of guides from New Internationalist focuses on a number of topical issues in the world today, and provides a pocket sized reference point for key concepts. The books are unique in how they place today’s issues into a historical context.