Lunch in the wilderness

An assembly focussing on the Olympic Value of inspiration for Key Stage 3 pupils.

Script to introduce the film

Nepal, a country in South Asia, is one of the poorest countries in the world, with nearly half of the population living in poverty.

In this film, the BBC's Ben Thompson travels to a school in the far west of Nepal.

He's finding out about a programme that is trying to provide nourishment to children there.

Show film and use the discussion prompts afterwards. Email if you would like to download a copy of this film.

Nepal's impending food crisis

Nepal is extremely hilly - the Nepalese people say that if it was flat it would be almost the same size as the USA! What effect do you think this has on farming and transporting food?

Do you think World Food Programme's free lunch scheme is important?

Why do you think that school attendance in Dalla was low before the free lunches were introduced?

Paralympic Value: Inspiration

"To be motivated by the achievements and actions of others and to be a positive example to others."

(Hints if needed: What would their future prospects be after school? Perhaps they need to support their families?)

Girl pupils at the school in Dalla are given cooking oil if they achieve an 80% attendance rate, which their families can use to cook with. Do you think this is a fair incentive? Why is it only for girls?

The Nepalese children love their school. They sing in school that "Education brings miracles wherever it goes". Why do you think they feel that way? Do you feel the same way about school?

What do you think inspires the children in Dalla? Who do you think their role models might be and how would they compare with yours?

Are you inspired by anything you have seen in this film? Why?

How do the experiences of the Nepalese children contrast with your own school life? Do you think they have different priorities?

Ask the Assembly Question

What is more important, food or education?

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