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Global Poverty & African Village Causes

Pupils in Year 10 Religious Education study the Human Rights Charter with a view to developing pupil understanding and awareness of the issue of global poverty extending research and discussion to the area of African village causes. Pupils look at the impact and work of Live Aid, Live 8 and the charity set up by U2 singer Bono. Pupils’ learning is connected with the work done in the Geography Department where they prepare a project linking work on African village causes to the study of the African country of Ghana in which they consider the importance of Fair Trade to reduce the damage done by unfair trading practices. In the past a teacher link with a village in Ghana was used to bring a personal context. Both Departments took part in a collaborative Trading Games session led by Christian Aid. Pupils developed their ICT skills through online collaborative discussions on this topic. Work in this area of the curriculum links in well with whole school work carried out by the Sixth Form led Charities Committee which involves the invitation of representatives from Christian Aid, Oxfam, Fields of Life.