PSHE/Citizenship GCSE: Africa’s Mobile Industry

A teenage boy called Manpreet explores the economic stories behind the mobile phone in his pocket.

He finds out what happens when you recycle your mobile, how their demand for precious metals is fuelling a deadly conflict in central Africa and how mobile banking is reducing poverty in Kenya.

This clip is from the series The World, My Stuff and Me.

Teacher Notes

This clip could be used to start a class discussion about the extent to which we should be knowledgeable about and consider the global implications of our purchasing choices.

Pupils could explore who is ultimately responsible for the morality of trade, examining whether it is the government, businesses, or consumers.

Pupils could explore what power they, as individual consumers and future voters, can have on the business practices of large multinational companies.

Pupils could research and develop a mini enterprise project for Africa using mobile phone technology.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching PSHE and Citizenship. This topic appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC KS4/GCSE in England and Wales, CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland and SQA National 4/5 in Scotland.

More from The World, My Stuff and Me

Cigarettes and the economy
My jeans and globalisation
The banks and my cash
The global cosmetics industry