Students in Canterbury can learn how they might empower young people in Vanuatu through. Learners in Levin might look at how young women’s lives are affected in Bougainville.
Thanks to a new digital school resource launched by Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA), New Zealand children are able to get a sense of some of the problems faced by others in neighbouring Pacific countries, and potential solutions.
The digital resource, VSA for Schools, has been developed for teachers and students of social sciences mainly in Years 9 and 10. It is focused on the Pacific and structured around the social inquiry model with which teachers are familiar.
Each case study focuses on a personal story that has social issues at heart. There are four personal, community-based stories about our neighbours in the Pacific that demonstrate: how a problem or combination of problems is impacting on people’s lives; different values and perspectives; and examples of solutions.
The case studies also consider the five phases of the social inquiry process:
– Establishing the focus for learning
– Finding out information
– Exploring values and perspectives
– Considering responses
– Taking action
VSA will develop this resource in the future with more stories about VSA volunteers in the Pacific. They are welcoming feedback from teachers or students on how to improve or add value to the resource.


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