Global Learning Programme

Equality and inequality

There are lots of ways the topic of equality and inequality impacts on development, such as the inequality between The poor and the rich (Philippines) © Roberto Verzo on flickrcountries and within countries; the inequalities between disabled and abled people, between men and women, etc.

Many young people take fairness and inequality very seriously and want to see a more just and equal world. The resources below can help pupils understand some of the causes of inequality and help them begin to tackle the difficult world of stereotypes and generalisations, which contribute to misunderstandings.

Recommended reading

The following links and articles provide useful background information to help you teach about equality and inequality:

RGS: Ask the expert: Dr Ann Le Mare (Fair Trade) Interview with an expert on Fair Trade, a political movement in response to the inequalities in global trade Global Wealth Inequality What you never knew you never knew – a 4-minute YouTube clip (see also accompanying article The truth about extreme global inequality)

Teaching resources

World's Largest Lesson and Gender Equality

Download the resource activities
Download the gender data set
Download the country cards

Other useful teaching resources about gender equality:

World's Largest Lesson Reduced inequalities page  

'More or Less Equal' resource 

Plan UK: Sazia’s Story Key Stage 3 resource on the issue of early and forced marriage – see also Plan UK’s resource around International Day of the Girl

Amnesty International: Women’s Rights resources Key Stage 3 resources exploring women’s rights worldwide

Oxfam: Explore Birth Rights Key Stage 3 resource comparing the experience of giving birth in the UK and Ghana

For further teaching resources, browse through the following searches:

Key Stage 2 resources on Gender Equality

Key Stage 3 resources on Gender Equality

Other useful teaching resources about equality and inequality:

RGS: Africa – a continent of contrasts Key Stage 3 module with contrasting case studies of Sudan and Ghana

RGS: China Today Key Stage 3 module on China as an emerging global power

RGS: New India Key Stage 3 module exploring India’s changing status on the global stage

RGS: Who wants to be a billionaire? Key Stage 3 module exploring inequalities in the global distribution of wealth

Labour Behind the Label: Fair’s Fair Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 resource on life and rights in the global sportswear industry

For further teaching resources, browse through the following searches:

Key Stage 2

Key Stage 3

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