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Issues

There is an introduction to each issue, activities that you can do in your youth group, ideas for taking further action and links for getting more involved with the issue.

Health

Health is about your overall well-being and encompasses the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual dimensions of your life. It is influenced by factors such as poverty, access to education, the quality of your environment, healthcare and family and social networks. Unknown ObjectThere are huge global inequalities in relation to people's experience of health. For example nearly one in six children in sub-Saharan Africa die before their fifth birthday, compared with one in 150 in richer countries. Two thirds of these children die of preventable diseases such as diarrhoea or malaria.

Population

7 Billion and Growing

On October 31st, the UN announced that a Filipino girl named Danica was one of a number of children designated the world's seven billionth person.

Climate Change

Climate change is caused by increased levels of carbon dioxide and other polluting greenhouse gasses in our atmosphere. The gases form a blanket around the earth that traps heat, in the same way a greenhouse does.

Images and Messages in Development

 

Using appropriate images and messages is about creating a balanced debate for what life is like for people living in the Global South. This issue was the theme for One World Week 2010.

Hunger

Hunger continues to be a widespread problem worldwide today. The 2011 famine in Somalia and the Horn of Afirca has once again brought the issue of starvation into the media and all of our lives.

Reporting on hunger and famine is directly linked to the debate on Images and Messages in Development.

Here is a good example of turning the debate on images & messages into positive recommendations.

Three Ways to Do Something About Famine in Africa:

Peace

Peace education enables young people to understand that prejudice, stereotyping, discrimination and sectarianism often underlie or exacerbate conflict, that exclusion often leads to conflict and that we all have multiple layers of identity.

Racism

Anti-Racist and Intercultural Development Education explores issues of racism, discrimination, cultural diversity, migration and identity at both a local and global level. It challenges the images and stereotypes of people from the developing world and draws parallels between the experiences of young people from minority groups in ‘developed' and developing countries.

Participation

Youth participation is about young people having the right, means, skills, confidence, support and space to influence decisions and take part in actions which contribute to a more just and equal world.

Child Labour

2008 is the twentieth anniversary of the adoption of the UN Children's Convention on the Rights of the Child. This important instrument enshrines the rights of children to survive, develop, participate and be protected.

Globalisation and Trade

Globalisation describes the way in which people, goods, money and ideas are able to move around the world faster and cheaper than ever before. This is mostly due to better transport and technology and the fact that countries are more open to trading with one another. The accelerating pace of globalisation is having a profound effect on life in rich and poor countries alike. It is more important than ever to recognise the value and interdependence of people all over the world.

Education

Currently, more than 100 million children are denied access to education, leaving them trapped in poverty. For another 140 million children, lack of teachers, classrooms and textbooks means that their education is of poor quality. Most children denied an education are girls. HIV/AIDS is undermining education through the loss of students, parents and teachers.