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Ageing population

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To stimulate discussion about the issue of ageing population

To stimulate discussion about the issue of ageing population

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  • Fabulous resource for Geography I used the population pyramids to make a 'flip-book'. Slides were printed out as handouts (3 to a page); students identified economically active group on each frame, then cut them out (leaving a tag on the left) and sticking them together as found on 'post-it' notes.. Sparked lots of discussion about the demography of southern Italy.
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  • 1. Italian town where the mayor pays you to have a baby
  • 2. High in Italy's Apennine hills, a white haired pensioner sits alone on a bench watching autumn leaves blow down a deserted street. Not much else moves, the games machines are switched off in the empty village bar and there is hardly a sound. No one in the town square, no children on bikes or in prams.
  • 3. This small village, 93 miles (150km) south-east of Naples, is running so short of children that its mayor is offering €10,000 (£6,863) to anyone who produces one.
  • 4. In Laviano, houses stand empty while the cemetery is full. Last year, only eight babies were born in a population of 1,850. Young couples are constantly drifting north in search of work.
  • 5. 'We need to drum up enough children to make a class. Otherwise the school will have to close,' said the mayor.
  • 6. Italy has the lowest birth rate in Europe and Italians spend more on their children than any other European nation. Young couples struggle to find a good job faced with rocketing prices and peer pressure to dress their children in designer clothes. Procreating has become a luxury many Italians cannot afford.
  • 7. What is meant by an “ageing population”?
  • 8. Ageing Population?
  • 9. Credits: Flickr users: Heather Jonasson Thomas Mueller Sabianmaggy Luca Zappa Hanna Nikkanen Pete Jelliffe Garry Knight Nicolas Raymond Time bomb image: Daily Mail Data: US Census Based on an original article by Sophie Arie published in The Observer Sunday 9th November 2003 Noel Jenkins 2014

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