The AusAID site is a good place to find current information about the Australian government’s aid program. It answers the fundamental questions of what, how, where, why and who with its various pages and interactive map. There are pages specifically devoted to each country, specific aid issues such as education and health, how this relates to the Millennium development goals and more.
Some of the information provided on the site is a bit dense and may not be appropriate for the literacy levels of primary aged students, and some of the information is completely irrelevant, so there is a need for discretion. Despite these difficulties, the site is an excellent source for teachers and students to find out what aid is and more specifically what AusAID does, and who we are connected to through aid.
Using information from this site, students could ‘adopt’ a particular country found on the interactive aid map and find out what, how, where, why and who is involved in the process of aid. If each child chooses a different country (out of a hat if necessary) they can become the expert on that country. Using a world map (either on the IWB or a large printed or made map), students could then ‘pin’ their information to the country they have studied.
This task could also satisfy other outcomes depending on how the questions were asked and how the task was presented. As well as the knowledge, the task would use skills in ‘acquiring information’, ‘using and inquiry process’ as well as values and attitudes, in ‘social justice’, ‘intercultural understanding’, ‘moral codes’ and ‘lifelong learning’.