What is Development?

1) I want you to create a photo montage that illustrates what your ideas about what, "Development," means. Consider the following headings as you search for photo's.

Economic [money], Political [governments], Social [people] and Environmental [environment and surroundings]

Find suitable photos on the internet and then put them into a single page with the title, "Development is ........ ."

Label each photo with a single word to complete the sentence in the title.

2) Have a go at this drag and drop exercise. Are these countries More Economically Developed Countries (MEDC's) or Less Economically Developed Countries (LEDC's) .

3) Click on the banner below and complete tasks 1-5 from Geographypods.com

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4) Work through this worksheet that looks at the idea of what development is in more detail.

5 ) Summary: What does a developed country look like?

Complete this worksheet from geographyalltheway.com

What is Poverty?

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Children in Kallyanpur, one of the urban slums in Dhaka, Bangladesh. What signs of poverty can you see in this image?

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6) Using the photograph and the article above as inspiration I want you to make a collaborative mind map using Mindmeister.

"Living in extreme poverty means that you don’t have the basic resources you need to survive; such as food, water and shelter. A person is said to be living in extreme poverty if they have less than US$1.90 a day to cover all of their needs." Oxfam

Do you think this is the only definition of poverty? What does the article of the Poverty Line in Switzerland suggest about poverty?

7) Where are you? This is one to do with your parents as it is likely that they are the ones who earn the money in your household.

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What can we do?

8) Use the internet to find out who Oxfam are and what they do. Do not just copy from the Oxfam website. Use a range of different sources to get a broader idea of who they are.

Write a paragraph describing who they are and giving examples of the work they have done. Can you find any criticism of the organisation?

At the end of the paragraph I would like you to list the websites you obtained your information from. There should be at least three.

9) 1 minute Presentation: Living in Poverty.

You are to put together a 1 minute presentation that describes the life of a person living in poverty. This may be someone living in absolute or relative poverty, they may live in a developed or less developed country. You should describe where they live, why they live in poverty, what their life is like and how they survive. You may also mention the things they wish for in the future.

1 minute, 1 slide, no text.

10) Watch the video above from Oxfam. Think about the following things.

  • What was happening in the video? What did you see people doing?

  • What are the people in the video trying to change?

  • How are they trying to make a difference?

11) What is your vision for the future. What would you like to see happen in

  • your own life,

  • your school,

  • the local community

  • the world

We are going compile our ideas on this document. Whilst you are doing this I want you to think about whether your suggestions are things that individuals can influence or whether they need bigger groups of people to work together to make a change.

Alternative Activity- Use post-it notes to create a large wall display of our vision for the future using the same grid design.

12) Your ideal future.

I want you to produce a summary of your own personal vision for the future. This could be done as piece of writing, a collage of pictures, a piece of art work or in any other form that can be displayed in class. You may want to use an example of something taking place today that you think represents the future as you envision it. Alternatively you may wish to discuss a wide range of ideas and hopes that you have.

This is about what you think as an individual. Some of the ideas we developed in section 10 may have inspired, there may be others that you disagree with. Make your own choices.

Review and Assessment:

The Millennium Development Goals

At the Millennium Summit in September 2000 the largest gathering of world leaders in history adopted the UN Millennium Declaration, committing their nations to a new global partnership to reduce extreme poverty and setting out a series of time-bound targets, with a deadline of 2015, that have become known as the Millennium Development Goals. (UN Millenium Project)

Click on this image to find out whether we are on target to meet the goals.

The Millenium Development Goals Hot Air Balloon Debate:

1) Go to this website

On this page, there is information about the UN’s Millenium Development Goals. As an introduction you should watch the video at the top of the page.

2) On a word document, make a brief summary of each of the development goals (1-8). For each you should explain what the goal is, why it is important and what progress has been made. Use the links on geographyalltheway.com to find out about each goal and then click on the image above to find out if the goal will be met. You only need a few sentences for each goal.

3) Once they have summarised the development goals, you should choose the one that you think is the most important. You are then to produce a 2 minute presentation that will convince other people that your chosen goal is the most important. Imagine only one is going to be kept and it must be yours!

You should say;

  • Which goal you think is the most important

  • Why you believe it is the most important,

  • What must be done to meet this goal.

  • How we will know the goal has been reached.

You will give the presentations on . 2 minutes is a short time so the presentation should be short and to the point. The presentation can be prepared on the computer but you will not be allowed to use a computer for the presentation. No power point. Only printed posters, pictures, etc will be allowed. Be creative!

This is an individual piece of work.