Primary School Simulation
The activity, run by two Empathy Action volunteers, Mike and Sandy, focussed on looking at the wealth gap which exists in the global community. They looked specifically at Kibaigwa in Tanzania, where Bidborough students have been helping support a school and medical centre.
Pupils were given a plate containing either a mound of sweets, a piece of bread, or nothing at all. They were then given several minutes to do whatever they wanted with what they had – steal, share, eat – anything they could think of.
One of the teaching assistants wrote,
The percentages of “haves and have nots” were a real eye-opener and had quite an impact on the adults as well as the children in the school.
The game highlights that many in our world have very little in the way of resources whereas a small proportion have a huge amount. It looks at our responses to what we own and encourages participants to think more about how they can help fix this global inequality.