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A girl growing up in rural Malawi

You are a girl growing up in rural Malawi.  What might your life be like?


Link to 'A girl growing up in rural Malawi' pdf

How this fits

This scenario asks pupils to imagine themselves living in Malawi and encourages them to think about the contrasts between their lives and the lives of children in rural Malawi.  Pupils are invited to think about the contrasting levels of equality in different societies.

Curriculum links


1.5a Understanding how sequences of events and activities in the physical and human worlds lead to a change in places, landscapes and societies.

1.7b Appreciating how people’s values and attitudes differ and may influence social, environmental, economic and political issues, and developing their own values and attitudes about such issues.

2.1a Ask geographical questions, thinking critically, constructively and creatively.


3c Appropriate links should be made to some of the parallell events, changes and developments in British, European and world history.


1.2a Exploring different kinds of rights and obligations and how these affect both individuals and communities.

Where to go

Food & Daily life; People & Culture; Climate & Agriculture; Education & Jobs; Economy & Industry; Child rights.

What to watch

Tribal traditions (video); Our staple diet (video).

Follow-up questions

  1. How does daily life for a girl in the UK compare to daily life in Malawi?
  2. What might life be like in the future for a girl growing up in rural Malawi?  How does it differ from what the future holds for someone growing up in the UK?

Tags: development; inequality; employment

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