All Year our 7s have taken part in a lesson about world inequalities as an introduction to the 2012 Earth Summit in Rio that takes place this summer.
Some students started off the lesson being given some swiss roll, with others receiving nothing. This introduced the idea of inequalities and what it felt like when some people had lots and others had nothing. We then discussed what world resources people needed and saw demonstrations of how inequitable the distribution was. Through some stories of people working with Oxfam, we saw how this really affects individuals and countries.
The possible solutions were dissected and we came up with the idea that we could help Oxfam from this country and then they can work with those in need abroad. Oxfam’s resources aimed for this point to be reached so that we could then write letters that will be taken to the Bideford Oxfam shop to go out with books sold, as well as donate any of our spare books. We had an excellent collection of books and they went down to Oxfam on the last day of term. They were accepted by Alex Lo, the store manager, and plans are afoot to develop the links between the College and the shop in teh future.
Our thanks go to all the Yr 7 families who donated books and the library for being our store cupboard and providing students with encouragement! Perhaps those of us who purchase books there in the next few months might be the recipient of some of our letters!