What is a forest?
How do we use forests?
What is happening to our forests?
Forests of the future
Ask the pupils to imagine that the forest will be their home, or take the pupil's outside to a wooded area and run the activity there. Tell them will need to find everything they need to survive in the forest. However, the soil in this area is poor and we're not sure about the water quality.
Each group is given an envelope containing the cards. There are 3 blank cards and they can decide, as a group, what else they would need to survive in the forest and can draw / write them onto the blank cards. Explain that the government respects and supports their forest community and they can select 15 cards that they think are the most important to support their group's wellbeing.
Once pupils have made their selection, explain that the government is struggling to provide the support your community needs as they need to spend money in the cities on building new hospitals and schools. They must now take away 7 more cards.
Once pupils have made their selection explain that there has been a change in government and they believe the forest people should move to designated areas in the forest and use existing resources. Therefore they are reducing their support for your community. Pupils must take away 4 more cards.
Have a class discussion using the teacher prompts. Encourage the pupils to identify the basic needs which are required for survival.
Explain that these needs are supported by 'rights'. Explain rights enshrined under the Universal Declaration of Rights by the UN and that there is also a special UN Convention on the Rights of the Child – a big list of things that people all around the world have agreed that every child should have.
All children have the same needs and rights wherever they live in the world. Sometimes our basic needs are met in different ways depending on where we live. A child living in the Congo Basin rainforest would still have their basic needs such as food, water and shelter and be looked after by their family and community. However, sometimes the rights of communities living in the forest are not properly respected as Governments think they do not own the land they live on. This issue is explored further in the activity Whose forest?
In section 4 the activity Future generations: what are their rights? examine how we can meet the needs of future generations.
In the book Wolf Brother Torak says, "You can find everything you need in the forest." Do the pupils agree with him? Ask them to write about if they agree with the statement and explain why / why not.
Pupils can take part in a shelter building activity. For ideas see www.foresteducation.org/images/uploads/fcms123.pdf