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International development issues brought into classroom

By Lisa Smyth

A new learning resource has been developed specifically for use with the Northern Ireland curriculum which encourages pupils to explore their childhoods.

Experiences of Childhood, which also invites pupils to consider the childhoods of children across the globe, focuses on five films made with vulnerable children in Kenya and Nepal.

The films form the central element of a learning methodology, supported by 20 pages of teaching notes, and important aspects of childhood and global development are introduced including the International Conventions on the Rights of the Child

Aimed at Key Stage three and four pupils studying Local and Global Citizenship, the project was initiated and developed by the Development Media Workshop, a media charity based in Enniskillen.

The curriculum advisory support service of the Western Education and Library Board actively participated from an early stage, giving expert curriculum advice and facilitating the piloting of materials within a range of schools in Fermanagh.

Anne-Marie Poynor, assistant advisory officer with the WELB's curriculum advisory support service, said the resource is an invaluable tool in teaching children diversity - an important part of the Northern Ireland curriculum.

"We want children coming out of the Northern Ireland education system to have broad world views in which they understand international development issues and are able to make informed responses," she said.

"This resource will help them to do this.

"It is unique to Northern Ireland and the piloting by teachers in a range of Fermanagh schools means that the resource is very accessible to teachers and very flexible to their needs."

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