In the news
Gbap: Growing grain, saving lives
A small rural town in one of the world’s poorest countries is the focus of this year’s Christian Aid Week. Running between 13 and 19 May, the event is committed to raising awareness of poverty and uses the town of Gbap in Sierra Leone to illustrate how the charity’s work can help communities help themselves.
The Methodist Church of Sierra Leone – a partner of Christian Aid – has worked closely with the people of Gbap to set up a village development committee, giving them a place their voices could be heard. As well as structural improvements to the town, vast floodplains outside Gbap have been cultivated and women and young people, traditionally marginalised in the town’s society, now play an active role in society working the land.
- Follow the developments in Gbap with this presentation from Christian Aid.
- Help pupils understand the charity and its campaigns with this thought-provoking read.
- To us they represent glamour, to the people of Sierra Leone – only violence. Explore the role of diamonds on the country’s conflict with a resource pack from Kidogo.
- Check out a range of resources in the TES Collection.
Further news resources
- Help your pupils understand the features of the front page of a newspaper.
- Get students creating their own news report with this step-by-step guide
- A sociological and media perspective on what makes an event 'newsworthy'.
- Help pupils to write their own TV news broadcast with this handy PowerPoint.
- A scheme of work to help students structure news stories.
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