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Looking for a job in Kenya

You are a doctor working in Nairobi’s Kenyatta National Hospital.  You want to find a new job.  Where might you look for work?  Why?  (It might help if you can find out what is meant by ‘brain drain’).


Link to 'Looking for a job in Kenya' pdf

How this fits

This scenario asks pupils to think about what motives people living in Africa might have for emigrating to the UK.  It could also be used if looking at healthcare provision in different countries.

Curriculum links


1.2a Understanding the interactions between places and the networks created by flows of information, people and goods.

1.4a Exploring the social, economic, environmental and political connections between places.  

1.7a Appreciating the differences and similarities between people, places, environments and cultures to inform their understanding of societies and economies.

3g Human geography, built and managed environments and human processes.


1.3d Exploring community cohesion and the different forces that bring about change in communities over time.

2.2d Represent the views of others, with which they may or may not agree.

3j Migration to, from and within the UK and the reasons for this. 

Where to go

Poverty & Healthcare; Education & Jobs.

What to watch

Welcome to Kenya! (video); Medical Centre (video).

Follow-up questions

  1. What are the consequences for people living in Africa of doctors and nurses moving to the West to work? 
  2. For what reasons might people in Africa not want to emigrate?

Tags: population & settlement; employment; migration; population density & distribution

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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