Resource October 1, 2008

Educational Resource: Water Wars

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In Ethiopia and Kenya, dry seasons grow longer and tribal conflict over access to water is on the...

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With this lesson plan, created as part of the CHOICES program's Teaching Through the News initiative, students explore Pulitzer Center reporting on water shortage and access in East Africa and gain perspective by participating in related activities.

Day 1 - Water Wars: East Africa
Viewing the video report, "Water Wars," students will learn how water shortage in East Africa affects people's lives and consider whether water shortage is a local issue or a global one. "Water Wars" is a 6-minute video produced by the Common Language Project and in association with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

Day 2 - Stakeholder Perspectives
Working in groups, students will take on the role of stakeholders in the issue of water use in southern Ethiopia. They will identify their stakeholder group's understanding or beliefs about the problems faced. Students will consider the causes and effects, as well as desired solutions, and make a persuasive presentation to the class.


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