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1 Controversial Global Issues Resourcing the Food Crisis Alan Parkinson Secondary Curriculum Development Leader Geographical Association John McLaverty Education Practice Project Manager Oxfam GB

2 - Menu - Amuse Bouche: Why is food a controversial topic ? Starter: Example activity from unit Main Course: Oxfam support Dessert: Some teaching strategies Cheese-board: Making it Living Geography Liquers and coffees: What next ?

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4 Introductions John McLaverty Youth and Schools Campaigner, London & SE Oxfam GB Alan Parkinson Secondary Curriculum Development Leader Geographical Association

5 The context...

6 Developing empathy for the geographies of others what has it got to do with me ?

7 IPSOS MORI A national survey, conducted by Ipsos MORI and published April 2009 by the Geographical Association, found that 93% of year olds believe it is important to learn about issues affecting peoples lives in different parts of the world, yet nearly two-thirds of young people think that not enough time is spent learning about the wider world in school. Over 90% of young people believe that it is important to learn about people, societies and cultures in other parts of the world, how and why changes to the world may occur in the future, and where resources such as food, energy and water come from.

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9 What is a controversial issue ?

10 Why teach this controversial issue instead of the other controversial issues that we could teach ?

11 Global Dimension

12 Elements of the global dimension Explore and make sense of the big issues in the world Think critically and creatively about topical and controversial issues Deconstruct issues and events, and study them from a range of perspectives Develop self-awareness and a positive attitude to difference Argue a case on behalf of themselves and others Reflect on the consequences of their own actions now and in the future Link learning to taking responsible action

13 Main Course John McLaverty OXFAM resources on the issue of FOOD SECURITY and related areas

14 Education about Controversial Issues The World Food Crisis John McLaverty Youth & Schools Campaigner All images © Oxfam

15 Oxfam works with others to overcome poverty and suffering FAO food price index – April – 90 June 2008 – 214 March 2009 – 141 (prices of 6 main food commodity groups) The worlds 2.7 billion poor people (<$2/day) spend up to 80% of their incomes on food April 2009 – UK food prices rose by 18% during the previous year

16 So long as the subject dwells on lateral moraines and the distribution of sheep in the South Island of New Zealand, one can understand why eyes might stray from the school room through the windows to the world outside Michael Palin on Geography November Image of Michael Palin removed for copyright reasons

17 Education for Global Citizenship is…. asking questions and developing critical thinking skills equipping young people with knowledge, skills and values to participate as active citizens acknowledging the complexity of global issues revealing the global as part of everyday local life understanding how we relate to the environment and to each other as human beings Oxfam Education for Global Citizenship A Guide for Schools 2006 p3

18 Taking food (and other stuff) for granted We just live in a society that consumes and consumes and consumes. Children think why cant I just go and get this thing and take it off the shelf and buy it Melissa Davies – Oxfam Sisters on the Planet 2008 Theres no such thing as a free lunch

19 Whats controversial about food? Controversial issues Deal with questions of value or belief – human rights, property rights Have a political, social, economic and personal impact – on the lives of others, on ourselves, equitable, inequitable Arouse strong feelings – food security Encourage political and personal actions – equitable, inequitable Adapted from Oxfam Teaching Controversial Issues 2006 p2

20 Whats controversial about food? John Berger writer, artist, political progressive, has written that – in these days – it is space rather than time that hides consequences from us. In other words, how difficult it is in our daily lives to remember the wider relations through which the green beans arrive on our plate Doreen Massey – GA Conference 2002

21 A Why-Why-Why Chain Lush paddy fields as far as the eye can see. So why cant this farmer afford to feed his family? Alex Renton. The Observer. Sunday 20 July 2008

22 An exciting place to be – for learners and educators Food security isnt a subject to be covered, its a process of change. The teacher doesnt know the answer Learning leads to real action, and real action leads to learning see Climate Change – the Educational Implications Tide Global Learning 2009

23 For more from Oxfam…

24 Dessert... TEACHING STRATEGIES

25 Living Geography: embraces young peoples geography and experiences is current and future oriented is local but set in wider (global) contexts raises questions of change, sustainability and development

26 Manifesto Link...

27 The Bill...

28 Helping with the washing up...


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