Society & Culture

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SOCIAL STUDIES - Part 1: Government and Democracy.

Look at the world map. In I AM ELEVEN, the children talk about different conflicts; bullying and unsafe areas in their neighbourhood, but also about war, refugees, territorial disputes and citizenship.

At the Indian orphanage, the children bring up the long-standing conflict between India and Pakistan and how it affects people. India is often mentioned as the “world’s largest democracy” but the claim does not stand unchallenged.

What is a democracy? What is the opposite of democracy?

What is required for a democracy to work?
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Rika talks about the complicated relations between North Korea and the Japan. What can you find about the present situation of these conflicts? 

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Genevieve asked the children in I AM ELEVEN what they would change about the world. Do you remember what they said? Did you agree with any of their ideas?

TIP - Invite the students to come up with 2 debating .....

INTERACT - if possible, video record the debates and send them to the filmmakers.

SOCIAL STUDIES - Part 2: Globalization

Remi and his sisters in France

Remi and his sisters in France

“France is rich and selfish” says Remi, he does not consider himself a French citizen but a citizen
of the world. “Everyone belongs to the same species and should help each other,” he says.

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Why are there countries and borders?

Sreekutty who lives in an orphanage in India says that it is the first time she meets foreigners when the filmmakers visit. Other children in I AM ELEVEN have moved around the world with their parents. .....
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What does Remi mean by being a citizen of the world? .....
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SKYLINE IN TOKYO JAPAN

SKYLINE IN TOKYO JAPAN

ACTIVITY

Take a look around the room, think about where each item, product, object you see is made.
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If we look around we will find food, clothing and items that testify to our new trade patterns. ......
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Riverside in Thailand

Riverside in Thailand

SOCIAL STUDIES - Part 3: Human Rights

Access the UNICEF website to research and discuss issues about Human Rights and specifically The Rights of A Child.
The following links can be useful and include visual
diagrams, facts and figures related to these issues:
www.unicef.org/sowc2014/numbers/
A detailed and visual website to introduce to your class first: .....
Understanding the Convention on the Rights of the Child: ......

Every child deserves to experience a sense of belonging and childhood by having a home, a family, and love.
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