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Teaching about….Resources and web-links for the teacher

80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World
Book ISBN: 9780956718549  £17.50   DVD £17.50
This popular development education resource was first produced in the early 1980s. It has now been completely revised and updated for its 6th edition.  Its title reflects the fact that over 80% of the world’s population lives in the “Developing World” and less than 20% lives in the “Developed World”, but consumes far more of the world’s resources. It asserts that such inequalities did not happen by chance but have been created and are maintained by an unjust and unsustainable model of “development” (and “underdevelopment”).  Through 16 themed chapters, the resource introduces, explores and debates key issues and topics in human development, human rights and sustainability.

Food miles – Re-charting the food miles map
This little book from Oxfam and the International Institute for Environment and Development delves into the realities of the produce trade between Africa and the UK, examining both sides of the equation to help your search for an ‘ethically balanced’ diet. It talks in terms of ‘fair miles’ rather than ‘food miles’. Whilst not specifically targeted at schools, it is very clearly written and colourfully laid-out, with easy-to-understand charts and diagrams.  An excellent resource for Geography or Citizenship, for example, at secondary or post-16 level.

Ethical Purchasing Guidance for Schools & Colleges
This free guidance document will assist schools and colleges with ‘Ethical Purchasing’. It has been developed by the Centre for Global Education York together with the Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation.  There is already government guidance available with a strong focus on ‘environmental sustainability’ but very little advice on ‘ethical trading and consumerism’. As a result, it can be difficult for schools and colleges to be able to reflect in practice core moral principles that affirm their ethos and their pupils’ values. This document addresses this shortfall within a compromising climate of a national ethical food controversy (horsemeat scandal, January 2013), global manufacturing tragedies (Bangladesh factory disaster, April 2013), limited Government standards monitoring and financial restraints.

Mapping Worlds calls itself “a data visualisation and interface design company with a love for maps”. It is based in Amsterdam and works with organisations such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank to make data accessible to different audiences.  SHOW®/World is a Mapping Worlds initiative to provide efficient and comprehensive access to statistical data on world issues. You select a subject from the top menu and watch the countries on the map change their size. Instead of land mass, the size of each country represents the data for that subject – both its share of the total and absolute value.  This is a great resource for teachers, as a research tool or source of information and stimuli for lessons.

Fair Aid
This case study considers the opinion that international aid does not help Africa, and more effort should be put into making trade fairer. European Union (EU) tariffs protect EU produce, and mean that the prices of African goods are pushed up when they are imported. Products branded as Fair Trade have tried to move towards placing the emphasis of trade as opposed to aid. This case study could be used to support teaching about aid, trading blocs and economic development in the developing world.