Our Africa Teaching Resources

Living in Ghana

You are a 9-year-old girl living in Ghana.  Why might you be less likely to go to school than your brothers?


Link to 'Living in Ghana' pdf

How this fits

This scenario encourages pupils to think about the established gender roles in Ghana.  Pupils might be encouraged to think about how gender roles in the UK have changed over the last century.

Curriculum links


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.


3i The impact of significant political, social, cultural, religious, technological and/or economic developments and events on past European and world societies.


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

Where to go

Education & Jobs.

What to watch

Poverty (video); Drums & dancing (video).

Follow-up questions

  1. Do you think the customary gender roles in Ghana are likely to change over time? Why/why not?
  2. How have gender roles in the UK changed?

Tags: development; inequality; employment

About scenarios:

Scenarios are teaching resources designed for use in the classroom or as homework. They are linked to the National Curriculum and content on the Our Africa website. See about scenarios for more information on the topics used and their position in the curriculum.


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