This week we have been taking part in activities that will help us understand what life is like for other people- as a family in India making paper bags for a living and as a family in Columbia growing bananas for export. These simulations have taught us about teamwork, communication, sharing a work load, that you can work hard and still not earn enough money, costs and that life is NOT fair. Frustrations mounted as our paper bag buyers- The Dodgies- (Josh & Kristi ), turned away the bags made because they were not the same size, didn’t have enough glue, wanted a different size or the price changed. Frustration was also experienced as banana growers, when conditions beyond our control affected resources and the crops. The discussions after each game were very interesting and empathetic. See photos below
This is the vocabulary we have been learning and using, which you could talk about with your children to give them a better understanding.
employee wages profit workers rights economic activity resources costs and expenses products consumers trade trading Sustainable
I look forward to seeing those of you who are able to come to the parent conferences on Wednesday next week.
Chuc Mung Nam Moi -Happy Tet
Paper Bag Families and The Dodgies!
Banana worker families