Most pupils enjoy learning about disease and they especially enjoy learning about toilets! There are many unusual andengaging ways to approach this topic included in the resources suggested below.
Health and sanitation are basic elements of development and many of the solutions are basic too, so why in some parts of the world are there still immense hurdles to overcome? Like all topics connected to development, once they start investigating pupils will realise there are no easy answers. Like many of these topics, health and sanitation links with education, housing and energy, to name a few.
The following links and articles provide useful background information to help you teach about health and sanitation:
Global Dimension: HIV/AIDS Feature article exploring the issue of HIV/AIDS
Global Dimension: Toilets: we all need to ‘go’ Feature article exploring global sanitation issues
Guardian: Sanitation Collection of articles on the Guardian global development website
RGS: Ask the expert: HIV/AIDS Royal Geographical Society interview with Dr Ruth Evans
Useful teaching resources about health and sanitation:
Oxfam: Explore Birth Rights Key Stage 3 resource comparing the experience of giving birth in the UK and Ghana
CAFOD: Primary resources on Health Range of Key Stage 2 resources exploring global health issues
CAFOD: Secondary resources on Water Range of Key Stage 3+ resources exploring global sanitation issues
SOS Children’s Villages: Our Africa teaching resources website Key Stage 3 resources developed around video clips produced by young people from different African countries (including a range on the topic of ‘poverty and healthcare’)
Send a Cow: Disease prevention and hygiene gallery from Uganda Photos for Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3+ showing ways in which a rural Ugandan householder manages to keep things clean
British Red Cross: Health Care in Danger Key Stage 3 lesson plan on delivering health services during armed conflict
WaterAid teaching materials Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 resources about water, sanitation and development
Makutano Junction Key Stage 3+ teaching resource based on a Kenyan soap opera; includes activities on malaria and HIV/AIDS
ASE / Tide: It Makes You Think – Malaria Key Stage 3 resource exploring strategies for reducing global deaths from malaria
For further teaching resources, browse through the following searches:
Key Stage 2
Key Stage 3
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