Helping out: Aid close to home

Task 1

Introductory activity

In small groups, discuss how you would respond to each of the following situations.

  • Your best friend lives with her mother and their house has burnt down.
  • There is a fight between two children, both of them much smaller than you.
  • There is a fight between two children, both of them much bigger than you.
  • A person in your class, who you are not really friendly with, is struggling with maths. The person says that they would like to get a tutor to help them but their family doesn’t have any money. You are great at maths.  
  • You are on your way to the movies and a man stops you and asks for money. He says he hasn’t had anything to eat for two days.  

Report your conclusions to the rest of the class and then complete the Aid close to home table.

Task 2

Informative/expository writing 

Aid decisions

Write an essay which outlines why it is difficult to make decisions about giving aid.  

Your essay should discuss the issues that confront nations and individuals when they are making decisions about whether to provide assistance and by what means. These issues include:

  • accuracy and reliability of available information  
  • urgency of the situation  
  • ability to assist  
  • closeness to those in need  
  • questions of justice and equity.


Choose one of the situations in the Introductory activity, and use the completed Aid close to home table to compose a piece of creative writing describing the situation and outlining your conflicting emotions.

Your writing may take the form of:  

  • a personal diary entry
  • a letter to a friend or relative.

Task 3


Consult Global issues: background notes before attempting this investigation.

Part A

  1. Have a student write A, B, C and D on slips of paper. The number of slips should equal the number of students and they should be as equally divided among A, B, C and D as possible. Each student picks one slip of paper and forms a group with those with the same letter.
  2. Each group looks up the following websites:

    Global Education website  

    United Nations

  3. Each group chooses a particular issue of global concern and gathers five key figures, facts or statistics which highlight how much of a problem the issue is.

  4. Each group produces a poster and each person in the group writes a paragraph for the poster which outlines a different reason why it is important to try to solve the problem.  

  5. The posters are swapped among the groups. The new groups must come up with a range of options and solutions which could help to improve the issue.  

  6. After the posters are returned to their original groups with the additional comments, each group presents the issue and proposed solutions to the class.  

  7. Consider the following scenario: unfortunately, there is only enough money to help with three of the issues. Hold a class discussion about the most worthwhile issues. Following the discussion, hold a vote to determine which three issues will be supported. Each student may vote for three of their choices. Consult Does charity begin at home? from World Vision Australia before making decisions.

  8. Based on the results of the vote, the final three aid recipients are chosen.  

 Part B

Write a journal entry which describes how you felt about having to make the decisions. In your writing show some empathy for those who will not be helped. What would you say to them?


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