Lots of people give money to help poor countries overseas. But how much is the right amount? Well that's a question the Government has been asking recently as it decides how much of its budget should be given to foreign aid. Let's take a look.
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Outcome: SSS3.7 Describes how Australian people, systems and communities are globally interconnected and recognises global responsibilities.
Content: Global interconnections and interdependence, eg communications, trade, international human rights agreements and organisations
The Behind the News video looks at how Australia spends the 5.7 billion dollars that will go towards foreign aid.
Watch the first 18 seconds of the video and then stop it on the “What would you spend the country's money on? Use this question to start a discussion about what the students would spend the money on if they had a choice. Draw a brainstorm on the board or on a big sheet of paper so that students can reflect on this while watching the rest of the video.
“Teachers need to be responsible for the pupils learning with technology. Educators need to be aware of the multifaceted nature of the process of learning with technology” (Younie, 2001). By having a video and then using the many different resources that go along with the BTN video so there is significant scope for educators to take the activities in any direction.
Australia “has stressed humanitarian concerns for the alleviation of poverty as being of primary importance” (Eldridge, 1985) for its aid programs. After all the activities, have a series of debates around the question “Should Australia give aid to other countries” where students may be able to argue other reasons to give aid (other than to end poverty), getting students to think about the positives and negatives of overseas aid and about its consequences, again both good and bad. If students hand in a transcript of their argument, the teacher can assess them on their persuasive texts, a component of the English curriculum (EN3-2A and EN3-8D).
This links to SSS3.7 as it shows that there is a connection between countries, an interdependence, where we offer aid and other services to improve the quality of life of other people. This, I feel, links to international human rights agreements.
Eldridge, P. (1985). The Jackson report on Australia's overseas aid program: Political options and prospects, Australian Outlook, 39, 23-32.
Younie, S in Leask, M. (2001). Issues in Teaching Using ICT. New York, NY: Taylor & Francis Group.