PSHE/Citizenship KS3 & GCSE: Living in poverty in a rural village in Sierra Leone

Hawa, pregnant with her fifth child, lives in poverty in a rural village in Sierra Leone, without access to water, electricity, education and healthcare.

The country is rich in natural resources, but its people are in poverty.

Hawa describes her life, her hopes for her children and why, although living in poverty, she wants a large family.

We visit a charity-run hospital for women with complications in pregnancy.

During scenes of childbirth, doctors explain why the infant and maternal mortality rates are so high.

Government plans for improved healthcare are discussed.

This clip is from Welcome to the World.

Teacher Notes

Use the clip to initiate discussion about the relationship between high birth rates, high death rates, high infant mortality, high maternal mortality and development.

Discussions about causes of high infant and maternal mortality rates and about the changes needed to reduce these are also possible.

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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