PSHE KS3 & KS4/GCSE: Exploitation of African youths by football agents (pt 2/3)

Ousmann Manneh, a 20-year old footballer from the Gambia now living in the UK, looks into the plight of African youths who are promised the dream of playing in the European football leagues.

Ousmann interviews one youth who was abandoned on the streets of Paris by a Nigerian agent who took the money and ran.

The reality of life on the streets in Paris is a far cry from the life of a top flight footballer and also of life in West Africa.

This clip is from the series Children at Work: Football.

Teacher Notes

The youths in this clip have been victims of unscrupulous men who have stolen their money and their rights.

Therefore, a good project would be for pupils to investigate what rights these individuals would normally expect.

For example, if Luke had come to England and been left homeless, what rights would he have?

This could also lead into an investigation of what rights he had at home and whether or not there would be any justice for him in the future.

Pupils could investigate whether or not this 'trade' is specific only to football, or if it happens in any other sports or trades.

Ask the students to consider what laws could be put in place to prevent this abuse from happening to children in the future.

Pupils could also write to the Prime Minister explaining what is happening and trying to bring his attention to this trade.

Curriculum Notes

This clip is relevant for teaching PSHE at KS3 and GCSE. This topic appears in Edexcel, AQA, KS3 and GCSE in England and Wales, CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland, and SQA National 4 and 5 in Scotland.

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