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Controversial Global Issues Resourcing the Food Crisis Alan Parkinson Secondary Curriculum Development Leader Geographical...
- Menu - Amuse Bouche : Why is food a  controversial topic ? Starter : Example activity from unit Main Course : Oxfam supp...
 
Introductions <ul><li>John McLaverty </li></ul><ul><li>Youth and Schools Campaigner, London & SE </li></ul><ul><li>Oxfam G...
The context...
Developing empathy for the geographies of others “what has it got to do with me ?”
IPSOS MORI <ul><li>A national survey, conducted by Ipsos MORI and published April 2009 by the Geographical Association, fo...
 
What is a  controversial  issue ?
Why teach this controversial issue instead of the other controversial issues that we could teach ?
Global Dimension
Elements of the global dimension Explore and make sense of the big issues in the world Think critically and creatively abo...
Main Course John McLaverty OXFAM resources on the issue of FOOD SECURITY and related areas
Education about Controversial Issues The World Food Crisis John McLaverty Youth & Schools Campaigner
‘ Oxfam works with others to overcome poverty and suffering’ <ul><li>FAO food price index – April 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>2...
<ul><li>“ So long as the subject dwells on lateral moraines and the distribution of sheep in the South Island of New Zeala...
Education for Global Citizenship is…. <ul><li>asking questions and developing critical thinking skills </li></ul><ul><li>e...
Taking food (and other stuff) for granted <ul><li>“ We just live in a society that consumes and consumes and consumes. </l...
What’s controversial about food? <ul><li>Controversial issues </li></ul><ul><li>Deal with questions of value or belief –  ...
What’s controversial about food? <ul><li>John Berger writer, artist, political progressive, has written that – in these da...
A Why-Why-Why Chain <ul><li>Lush paddy fields as far as the eye can see. So why can’t this farmer afford to feed his famil...
An exciting place to be – for learners and educators <ul><li>Food security isn’t a subject to be ‘covered’, it’s a process...
For more from Oxfam…. www.oxfam.org.uk/education/resources/world_food_crisis/?284 [email_address] 0207 802 9981
Dessert ... TEACHING STRATEGIES
Living Geography: <ul><li>embraces  young people’s  geography and experiences </li></ul><ul><li>is current and  future  or...
Manifesto Link...
The Bill...
Helping with the washing up...
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Food Security Workshop

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Food Security Workshop

  1. 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. 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 ?
  3. 4. Introductions <ul><li>John McLaverty </li></ul><ul><li>Youth and Schools Campaigner, London & SE </li></ul><ul><li>Oxfam GB </li></ul><ul><li>Alan Parkinson </li></ul><ul><li>Secondary Curriculum Development Leader </li></ul><ul><li>Geographical Association </li></ul>
  4. 5. The context...
  5. 6. Developing empathy for the geographies of others “what has it got to do with me ?”
  6. 7. IPSOS MORI <ul><li>A national survey, conducted by Ipsos MORI and published April 2009 by the Geographical Association, found that 93% of 11-14 year olds believe it is important to learn about issues affecting people’s 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. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  7. 9. What is a controversial issue ?
  8. 10. Why teach this controversial issue instead of the other controversial issues that we could teach ?
  9. 11. Global Dimension
  10. 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
  11. 13. Main Course John McLaverty OXFAM resources on the issue of FOOD SECURITY and related areas
  12. 14. Education about Controversial Issues The World Food Crisis John McLaverty Youth & Schools Campaigner
  13. 15. ‘ Oxfam works with others to overcome poverty and suffering’ <ul><li>FAO food price index – April 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>2000 – 90 </li></ul><ul><li>June 2008 – 214 </li></ul><ul><li>March 2009 – 141 </li></ul><ul><li>(prices of 6 main food commodity groups) </li></ul><ul><li>The world’s 2.7 billion poor people (<$2/day) spend up to 80% of their incomes on food </li></ul><ul><li>April 2009 – UK food prices rose by 18% during the previous year </li></ul>
  14. 16. <ul><li>“ 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” </li></ul>Michael Palin on Geography November 27 2007
  15. 17. Education for Global Citizenship is…. <ul><li>asking questions and developing critical thinking skills </li></ul><ul><li>equipping young people with knowledge, skills and values to participate as active citizens </li></ul><ul><li>acknowledging the complexity of global issues </li></ul><ul><li>revealing the global as part of everyday local life </li></ul><ul><li>understanding how we relate to the environment and to each other as human beings </li></ul><ul><li>Oxfam ‘Education for Global Citizenship A Guide for Schools 2006 p3 </li></ul>
  16. 18. Taking food (and other stuff) for granted <ul><li>“ We just live in a society that consumes and consumes and consumes. </li></ul><ul><li>Children think why can’t I just go and get this thing and take it off the shelf and buy it’ </li></ul>Melissa Davies – Oxfam ‘Sisters on the Planet’ 2008 There’s no such thing as a free lunch
  17. 19. What’s controversial about food? <ul><li>Controversial issues </li></ul><ul><li>Deal with questions of value or belief – human rights, property rights </li></ul><ul><li>Have a political, social, economic and personal impact – on the lives of others, on ourselves, equitable, inequitable </li></ul><ul><li>Arouse strong feelings – food security </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage political and personal actions – equitable, inequitable </li></ul><ul><li>Adapted from Oxfam ‘Teaching Controversial Issues’ 2006 p2 </li></ul>                                                                
  18. 20. What’s controversial about food? <ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>Doreen Massey – GA Conference 2002 </li></ul>
  19. 21. A Why-Why-Why Chain <ul><li>Lush paddy fields as far as the eye can see. So why can’t this farmer afford to feed his family? </li></ul><ul><li>Alex Renton. The Observer. Sunday 20 July 2008 </li></ul>http://www.oxfam.org.uk/education/resources/world_food_crisis/?284
  20. 22. An exciting place to be – for learners and educators <ul><li>Food security isn’t a subject to be ‘covered’, it’s a process of change. </li></ul><ul><li>The teacher doesn’t know the ‘answer’ </li></ul><ul><li>Learning leads to real action, and real action leads to learning </li></ul><ul><li>see ‘Climate Change – the Educational Implications’ Tide Global Learning 2009 </li></ul>
  21. 23. For more from Oxfam…. www.oxfam.org.uk/education/resources/world_food_crisis/?284 [email_address] 0207 802 9981
  22. 24. Dessert ... TEACHING STRATEGIES
  23. 25. Living Geography: <ul><li>embraces young people’s geography and experiences </li></ul><ul><li>is current and future oriented </li></ul><ul><li>is local but set in wider ( global ) contexts </li></ul><ul><li>raises questions of change, sustainability and development </li></ul>
  24. 26. Manifesto Link...
  25. 27. The Bill...
  26. 28. Helping with the washing up...

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