Poverty and wealth

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Script to introduce the film

Uruguay is a country in South America.

In this film BBC reporter Vladimir Hernandez looks at Jose Mujica, the President of Uruguay, who has been described by some journalists as 'the poorest president in the world'.

In his latest official declaration of wealth, he says he owns just two vehicles, a small amount of property and his farmhouse. He donates 90% of his salary to charity.

Jose Mujica lives in a farm outside Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay

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

If you were the president would you donate your wages? If so, why?

Why do you think President Mujica donates 90% of his wages to charity?

Do you think other politicians should do the same? Why, why not?

Do you think President Mujica is doing the right thing?

What kind of difference do you think he is making by doing this?

If you had lots of money would you donate your earnings to charity?

How are rich and poor people treated in your country?

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