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The Bretton Woods Project
The Bretton Woods Project exists to monitor the activities of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank in particular regard to how their activities affects justice, equity, human rights and environmental sustainability. Their web site is very informative but is largely aimed at providing information to those people who already have a background in the issues.
However there is very accessibly written information that could be used by people new to the issues in the Resources Section of the web site, in particular the background to the issues pages.
How can these materials be used?
- They could be printed out read in the learning circle and discussed.
- They could be used as background reading for people giving a presentation
- You could ask people to read them on line before coming to a session.
Jubilee Debt Campaign UK
The Jubilee Debt Campaign UK campaign for the cancellation of unpayable and unjust debt by poor countries to rich countries. Their website offers much information on campaigns and activities. They have a wide range of education resources available but most are aimed at children. These resources are not to be discounted, their fact sheets are comprehensive and provide multi-faith perspectives.
One excellent resource aimed at older readers is 'Getting Into Debt' - this is a 20 page handbook designed to give people information about 3rd world debt and is free to download. Aimed at A Level it provides an introduction to the issues in 6 sections i) what's the deal with debt, ii) Third World Debt – a brief history, iii) Why should the debt be cancelled iv) Hasn’t most of the debt been cancelled v) So what are people doing and vi) What more can be done.
How can this be used?
- Background reading on the issues
- Each section could be used as discussion material of a learning circle – to make up a 6 week programme.
Global Dimension is a web site set up to support teachers to introduce global issues into their curriculum. It provides an excellent resource search facility that allows one to factor in age of the learner, curriculum area, subject matter and cost of the resource (free is an option). As I searched for citizenship, farming, age 16+ and free resources - the website threw up a trading game, 2 DVD, 1 CD and a couple of websites with learning activities on - all available free.
Film Education is a charity supported by the UK film industry. It exists to promote the use of film within the school curriculum. The web site has a range of learning resources available that are designed to explore issues within films. If you know of a film that deals with the issues you are addressing in your learning circle you may well find helpful resources on this site, for example there are resources for exploring women's rights via Made in Dagenham, the oil trade (via Crude Awakening) and the holocaust via Boy in Stripped Pyjamas. The resources are aimed at school children but many of them could still be used with adults or provide ideas as to how to use the films to explore the issues with adults.