Teaching about the Haiti Earthquake

In response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, teachers and organisations recommended resources to us that they had found useful, for talking about this issue with children. Questions were been raised about the humanitarian response, the role of the media, life in Haiti before the earthquake and how to talk to children about sensitive issues.

Listed below are some websites and resources that you may find useful. Thanks to those who have provided this information. Please continue to send in details of others to info@tidec.org

Global Dimension website

This website has put together a list of resources available online and links to news articles and aid agencies. Teachers particularly recommended the resources from Oxfam, British Red Cross and UNICEF Canada  www.globaldimension.org.uk

Talking with children ~ when the talking gets tough

This short paper was widely distributed after 9/11 and the Indian Ocean tsunami. It offers helpful practical advice and support for talking about difficult issues  Click here to download

Recommended resources for selected KS3 themes

This article in Tidetalk~ recommends resources for exploring controversial issues and critical engagement with the media at KS3.  Click here

Haiti specifically ...

The Haiti Fund, Wales

This organisation has been working closely with Haitian schools for many years. It produces useful educational resources on the country, including a picture book, ‘Except on Sunday….’ that explores the life of a family living off the land in Haiti.

BBC Radio 4 ~ Are Haiti pictures too graphic?

Aid worker Ishbel Matheson and picture editor Eamonn McCabe debate whether the Haiti earthquake can be reported without showing graphic images. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news

The Independent

An interesting article by Andy Kershaw on the reporting of the disaster.  www.independent.co.uk

Association for Citizenship Teaching ~ Haitian Earthquake

Shares facts about the country, talking points and activity ideas for KS3 and 4.  www.teachingcitizenship.org.uk