After more than 2 decades Oxfam’s school program has closed. Our commitment to tackling poverty and empowering communities continues. The resources on these pages will no longer be updated.
– September 2019.
- Learn about the disaster and what organisations like Oxfam do when they respond to emergencies
- Think critically to build empathy and understand what can be done to help, and
- Act as empathetic and responsible global citizens.
Activity 1: WebquestUsing the KWLH organiser give each student (or groups of students) one of three tasks:
- What do you know about Nepal/Vanuatu?
- What do you know about earthquakes/cyclones?
- What do you know about the Nepal earthquake/Cyclone Pam?
Activity 2: Oxfam’s responseOxfam is one of the leading non-government organisations responding to the Nepal Earthquake. We are working in seven districts in Nepal, delivering aid and supporting:
- Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH): by delivering clean water, water trucks, water tanks, water pumps, pipes, wells, hygiene kits and toilets
- Emergency Shelter
- People to make a living: by providing cash vouchers, paying local people to work for us, and helping families rebuild their livelihoods.
- Video: About Oxfam Australia (YouTube)
- Video: The Bucket that saves lives (YouTube)
- Blog: Eight things that make our bucket life-changing
- Video: Oxfam’s Nepal Earthquake response – and thank you! (YouTube)
- Video: Oxfam Australia flies to Vanuatu (YouTube)
- Student activity worksheets: Hygiene Kits
- Emergency toilets: This PowerPoint presentation shows how emergency water and toilets are provided and how they work
- Nepal response snapshot: This handout about Nepal shows where Oxfam has been working since the Nepal earthquake, what it’s been doing, and how many people have been supported.
Activity 1: Lead a class discussion exploring the following questions:How are we connected to the affected country?
- Does anyone have family or friends from Nepal or Vanuatu? Has anyone travelled there? Eat food from that country at a restaurant? Who has watched movies or read books about Nepal or Vanuatu? Have we studied about these countries in class?
- How far away from the country is Australia? Can we be considered neighbours or part of the same community? If so, which community might that be?
- How are we connected as fellow human beings?
- What is our role as Australians? What is our role as a global citizen? Do they differ? If so, how?
- What are our values as Australians? What are our values as a global citizen? Do they differ? If so, how?
- Do we have any obligations or responsibilities?
- What is within our possibilities as school children? As Australians?
- What is easy? What is practical? What do we want to do? What is needed?
- How can we best support those on the ground? Use the flowchart to explore how the help we might give could reach those in need in Nepal.
- Have a Nepalese lunch — with colder weather setting in, how about some selling some delicious Nepalese food for a day, or even a week? Get your canteen, school dining room, home economics teacher or hospitality students on board! SBS Food has a list of great recipes that can be adapted by classes or canteens, including Thukpa (Nepalese chicken noodle soup), Lamb Sekuwa (skewers) and potato salads.
- Make a Money Mountain – Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain, is in Nepal and measures 8,848 metres tall. Part of the Himalayas is also in Nepal. Can you make a Money Mountain out of coins that measures 8.85 metres tall? Or even a small mountain range from coins? Ask students to bring $2, or any spare change they have, to school. Then, using your school hall, basketball courts or a large wall etc use the coins to create the mountain outline. Attach it using sticky tape or blu tack, and you have your own Mt Everest replica!
- Casual clothes day — an oldie but a goodie, especially for those who don’t have a lot of time or organising assistance. Everyone in casual clothes gives a gold coin for the privilege.