PSHE/Citizenship KS3 & GCSE: Living in a shanty town in Cambodia

The life of a poor family living in a shanty town in Cambodia.

We meet 12-year-old Pisey who describes his family situation and how he supports his mother and sister through scavenging.

Pisey is unable to go to school because he has to scavenge to make money for his family. His mother, Neang has HIV, is pregnant and has been deserted by her husband.

Pisey also has to collect retroviral drugs for his mother, as well as understand the complicated way they should be taken.

We see Neang giving birth in hospital to baby LyLy but are told that the baby dies two months later from unknown causes.

This clip is from Welcome to the World.

Teacher Notes

Use the clip to discuss the range of living conditions that give rise to high infant mortality rates in developing countries.

Stimulus for empathetic writing about the life chances of children living in shanty towns.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Citizenship and PSHE at KS3 and GCSE Level. This topic appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC in England and Wales, CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland and SQA National 3/4 in Scotland.

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