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 in the same situation as the president would you donate your wages? Why, why not?

Why do you think the president donates 90% of his earnings to charity?

How would you react if the political leaders in your country donated their earnings to charity? Would you have more respect for them?

Would you ever donate your earnings to charity if you were wealthy? Why, why not?

Do you think Jose Mujica is right to do something that is not expected of him?

Do you think people identify more with him? Why, why not?

Would you be more likely to vote for a president who donated their wages to charity?

Do you think the president is making a difference to his people by doing this? Why?

How are rich and poor people treated in your country?

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