Bring the world into your classroom

29th September 2000 at 01:00
FOR many students, their initial exposure to the developing world will be from news footage of famine, war and natural disaster. For teachers who want to bring balance and cover development issues in more depth, there is a wealth of books, factsheets, cassettes, CD-Roms, websites, board games and teacher packs.Here is a selection of the best:


Songs, Games Stories From Around the World from Unicef includes a cassette with a collection of international songs and a booklet with music, song lyrics and translations as well as descriptions and diagrams of games from countries including Zaire, Sri Lanka and Tanzania. Price: pound;8.95.

Wake up World! from Oxfam features a day in the life of children from north and south. Beautiful colour photographs capture the important events of the day with commentary from each of the children featured. Price pound;5.99. Wake up World! is also available on CD-Rom. Price:pound;65.

With Global Gang, Christian Aid has succeeded in producing one of the best dedicated development sites for children. The site, which can be found at www. is bright snappy and informative. It has an international club, a news section, quizzes and cartoons. Best of all is the landmine game in which players have to get across a field by answering questions about landmines. A simple but inspired way to get the information across.

Save the Children has just launched a website for teachers teaching citizenship and it includes lesson plans, curriculumn links, a translated Welsh section and an art gallery. The site can be found at



Our News, Our Views is an excellent video resource from Anti-Slavery International. Aimed at 15 to 17-year-olds, the video features eight video reports on child labour and the media written and is presented by British teenagers. Price pound;10 (plus pound;2.75 Pamp;P). Includes a teacher pack.

Dealing with Disasters from Oxfam looks at the issues behind the headlines. The 88-page manual has curriculum links to geography, citizenship, PSHE, English and RE and looks at a range of issues surrounding natural disaster and includes activities and photocopiable worksheets. Price: pound;13 (excluding VAT).

World 2000 from the International Broadcasting Trust

features 10 half-hour TV

programmes covering a range of issues including trade, debt, aid, ecosystems, urbanisation and energy. A hefty resources pack with teachers' notes, glossy

photos, case studies and projects accompanies the video. The programmes will be shown for the second time on BBC2 between 2am and 4am on October 17-19. The 10 programme are also

available on three videos from BBC Education. Price: pound;7.50 each. Resource pack: pound;16.99.

The Chocolate Game, which is available from the Development Education Dispatch Unit (see below), is a role-playing game which allows students to look at the lives of families involed in the production of chocolate in Ghana, Brazil and the UK. pound;4.25 (plus pound;1.45 pamp;p).


The Development Education Despatch Unit provides an extensive mail order service for teaching materials from development education centres and other related organisations. The organisation also offers an on-line ordering service. The unit can be contacted on 0113 278 4030. Web:

The Reading International Solidarity Centre has over 10,000 resources on its database: around 800 of those are suitable for primary and secondary teaching. It has a shop in Reading, a mail-order service and a limited loan service for people in Berkshire. As well as specific teaching materials, the shop stocks crafts, music, food and other products.Contact the centre on 0118 958 6692. Online ordering at from spring 2001.



There are 45-plus Development Education Centres throughout the UK. Each is an independent

charity offering training and resources for schools.

The resources and areas of specialist expertise may differ from centre to centre, but all provide advice and information on the broad areas of development, the environment, sustainability and global citizenship.

This may be in the form of information sheets, videos, long-term projects, performance artists or teacher training. They can also advise schools who want to make links with developing countries.

At the MUNDI development education centre in Nottingham (tel: 0115 951 4485), for example, staff work with primary and secondary PGCE students, run workshops in schools with musicians and storytellers and offer sessions on a particular issues or specific countries.

The Milton Keynes World Development Education Centre, (tel: 01908 310951) has drawn on the knowledge of the local Ghanaian community to build an extensive collection on that country. It also has a loans service and cuttings library.

To find your nearest DEC, call the Development Education Association on 020 7490 8108. General information about the centres can be found at the website


All of these organisations produce resources for schools:

Anti-Slavery International

Tel: 020 7501 8920


BBC Education

Tel: 01937 541001


Central Bureau for International Education and Training

Tel: 020 7389 4004


Christian Aid

Tel: 020 7523 2246


Commonwealth Linking Trust

Tel: 020 7498 1101



Tel: 01865 311311


International Broadcasting Trust

Tel: 020 7874 7650


Save the Children

Tel: 020 7703 5400



Tel: 020 7405 5592


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