Guatemala is stunningly beautiful and the people are amazing. But this country is one of the most poverty riddled country in the world. With over half of its people living in poverty, 3/5 children face malnutrition (one of the worse rates in the world), only 1/5 children attend school, high rates of organised crime in Guatemala with the country has one of the highest murder rates in the world and the literacy rate at only 71%. The country is in terrible crisis and I felt it was vital that children learnt about these facts.
So we discussed the poverty that faces Guatemala and the reasons why it is so poor. I then gave the children a Guatemalan poverty pack and asked them, in groups, to come up with ideas on how to counteract this problem. They then presented their ideas to everyone else. I was blown away by the children’s ideas; they didn’t just revert to spending loads of money. Instead the children decided that water works would help as it would give people jobs, clean water and help solve the frequent outbreaks of disease. They also came up with using their main export, Coffee, to pull people out of poverty and improve Guatemala’s economy so they can improve education.
I feel if Millbrook’s Year 6 was in charge of solving world poverty they would do very well.