At-home and at school learning resources from Learning for a Sustainable Future
Fall Week 12: Reduced Inequalities (SDG #10)
This week's LIO focuses on the UN Sustainable Development Goal of reduced inequalities within and among countries. Ensuring that there are reduced inequalities, and that nobody gets left behind, is an integral part of achieving the goals outlined in the SDGs. Inequalities, based on race, class, religion, sex, age, and income, among many other factors, still persist throughout the world. The planet can not be made a better place for all if there are people who are excluded from the chance of having a better life.

COVID-19 has further deepened some of the existing inequalities that many around the world already face. We can see the effects of economic, political, and social inequalities around the world as many of the poorer and more vulnerable communities are those that have been hit the hardest by this pandemic.

The activities suggested below introduce students to the idea of social disparity and can help students become more aware of some of the social and economic inequalities facing many communities around the world.
Children make up one-third of the world's population. But who are these 2.2 billion children, and what are their lives like? The author allows readers to experience children's lives in developing countries and draws awareness to the striking disparity in the conditions children find themselves in. Through stories from around the world, the author demonstrates how many children lack opportunities that others take for granted.


Activities
What did you think of This Child, Every Child?
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This resource enhances students' awareness of the many types of inequality that exist in the world. The activities introduce the students to the idea of social disparities. They explore the consequences of these inequalities on society as a whole and economy.


Activities
  • View the Understand Goal 10: Reduced Inequality video. After viewing, discuss what the world would look like if all people were treated equally. What examples of inequality have you witnessed or experienced?
  • Introduce students to injustice and equality with the help of some sweet treats or stickers
  • Get outside and walk around your schoolyard and community. Ask students to identify something that represents inequality during the walk, such as steps up to a public building that would hamper those in wheelchairs. They could either take a photo or write a short description of it and describe the impact of that inequality
  • Have students evaluate the books in your classroom library. Take a look at who is represented and who is left out. How can you make your classroom or school library more diverse?
  • Celebrate Children's Rights by trying out some of these Generation Go activities
  • Ad Campaign: Have students create informational material (posters, brochures, etc.) to educate others on Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities. Display the finished materials in the library
What did you think of The World is Not Equal. Is That Fair?
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Grades 5-8
This resource encourages students to deepen their understanding of global poverty, see our connections to the rest of the world, explore the roots of inequities, and understand the importance of assistance that preserves human dignity and values diversity and unleashes the inherent power of community.


Activities
  • Learn more about SDG 10 Reduced Equality with this brief video. Make a list of things you could do to help achieve this goal
  • Get outside and play Fair Game. Discuss how it felt to score on a big/smaller goal? How do you experience inequality in your daily life? Add your own variations of inequality to the game
  • Complete the Exploring Global Wealth activity. Discuss with the class how inequalities in wealth distribution are justified? Discuss ways Covid-19 is increasing global disparities
  • View the video Take Action on Goal 10 for examples of how young people worldwide are working towards a fairer and more equitable world. What action can you take right now?
What did you think of Bridges that Unite?
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Students will investigate the distribution of the world's wealth, its effects, causes, and how these factors could be changed. They will become familiar with the patterns of wealth distribution globally, what this may mean for people in a given area, and how these patterns may vary.





Activities
  • After completing the To Have or Have Not activity, discuss how chance dictated how much everyone received, much like real life. Have students reflect in their journals how the activity changed or reinforced their original opinion - debate different options for creating an equal global economy
  • View Understand Goal 10: Reduced Inequality. After viewing, discuss what will need to happen to reduce inequalities by the year 2030. What is the lasting impact of inequality?
  • Get outside and try the Privilege Walk activity. Discuss how students felt like being in the front of the group, in the back of the group and the middle. During the activity, what question made you think the most?
  • Try the online poverty simulator Make the Month. Learn more about the challenges of making difficult financial decisions for those with a poverty-level income
  • Check out this video Take Action on Goal 10 for examples of how young people worldwide are working towards a fairer and more equitable world. What action can you take right now?
What did you think of To Have or Have Not…?
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About Learning Inside Out

Above you will find a selection of activities, broken down by various grade levels. These guides will be released weekly and archived on our Learning Inside Out page, so you can always access the full catalogue.

All activities have been modified from resources on our R4R database, simplified and adapted for both outdoor learning in the school yard or at-home as needed. The activity descriptions above should contain all the information and links that you need!

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