3 - Wish You Were Here
In this lesson the class visits Chinangwa Village in Malawi and then writes a post card back detailing their trip.
This lesson plan links to Curriculum aims and programmes of study in Geography and English and to non-statutory programmes of study in Citizenship.
To write a description using adjectives.
Children have used adjectives to describe Chinangwa village and recognise the difference Fairtrade has made.
Plain postcards, art materials.
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Ask the class whether they have ever seen any photos or heard about Malawi. Where is it? What do they think it might be like? How do people spend their time there?
Tell pupils that they are going to visit Chinangwa village in Malawi.
Go through the PowerPoint:
Slide 2: Identify Malawi on the map of Africa. Remind the students that Africa is a big continent, and there are lots of different countries.
Slide 3: The day starts early in Chinangwa. The village shop is opened at 6a.m. When do people start work in the UK? What time do the pupils get up?
Slide 4: Kasinthula Sugar Growers is a co-operative of sugar farmers from Chinangwa village and other surrounding communities. Farmers only have very small plots of land so if they suffer from floods or drought their whole crop can be spoilt.
Slide 5: About 30% of the sugar Kasinthula produces is Fairtrade. Fairtrade is the movement which guarantees producers in the developing world a fair price for their goods. When we buy something which is Fairtrade, as well as being paid fairly for their work, the farmers receive an extra sum of money called 'the Fairtrade premium', which allows them to support and develop their communities.
Slide 6: Not only are people deeply religious in Malawi, church is also the centre of the community. What are the important places in the children’s local communities?
Slide 7: Alfred’s shop is also an important place in the village. People meet each other at lunch and after work in the fields. He closes at 7pm. Some people play games outside.
Slide 8: Kasinthula have dug a bore hole and installed a water pump with the Fairtrade premium. They’ve also managed to provide one for another village.
Slide 9: Before the bore holes, villagers had to go to fetch water from the Shire River which is infested by crocodiles who would attack livestock and sometimes people.
Slide 10: Fairtrade has also meant that the village now has electricity which has made a big difference to the lives of producers who no longer have to fetch fire-wood and can have things like fridges and radios, and, of course, electric lights.
Slide 11: Joyce has been one of the farmers to benefit from Fairtrade.
Feedback with the class. What have they learnt about Fairtrade from their visit to Chinangwa Village? Has anything surprised them? Did they notice any similarities between their community and Chinangwa?
Distribute the postcards to pupils and explain that they will be designing and writing a postcard to send home from their trip to Chinangwa. Elicit ideas of what they could write about:
• Describe what they’ve seen
• Inform people about the people they met
• Explain the difference fair trade has made to the village
Discuss adjectives they could use to do this, for example, colossal, friendly and huge.
Some pupils may also want to write postcards from the other countries and producer groups they have been studying.
In pairs, children think of one thing they have learnt about Malawi and one thing they have learnt about Fairtrade in this lesson and share with the class.