Raising Awareness About The Philippines In Your Classroom

Teachers: we know you’ve seen the startling images of devastation following Typhoon Haiyan. If you’re wondering how to teach your students about this, here are some ideas for you.

Typhoon Haiyan tore through the Philippines, leaving a massive path of destruction. If you’ve already begun teaching your classes about hunger, explaining this natural disaster to students will explain just how drastically such a situation can impact the need for food. If you’re just getting started, opening your lesson with news from the Philippines will help show students why WFP’s work fighting hunger is important. 

Begin with the updates
Here’s what we know: the powerful wind and rain from Typhoon Haiyan killed several thousand people and displaced more than 4 million others in the Philippines. WFP is responding quickly to get food to the people who need it most and has so far dispatched rice, high-energy biscuits and other emergency food products for 3 million people. WFP plans to provide critical food assistance over the next six months. 


Reintroduce important points on hunger
This would be a great time to turn the discussion towards the big-picture on hunger. Natural disasters are one of the causes of hunger. Introduce your students to other possible causes here. According to the 2013 Hunger Map, the Philippines has a moderately high undernutrition rate, meaning between 15 percent and 24.9 percent of people are undernourished. Make sure your students understand what it means to be undernourished. You can find this and other important hunger related terminology in the hunger glossary

Brainstorm how to help 
Give your students a chance to think about how your class can help WFP’s Philippines relief. This could work best as a small group activity. Have students split up into groups of 3-4 to brainstorm how to contribute to WFP’s work. After ten minutes, have students share their ideas with the class. 
In 2010, students raised more than US$100,000 for survivors of the earthquake in Haiti. If your students need some inspiration, introduce them to some of the ideas on the Haiti success stories page here

You could also try setting up a collection in the cafeteria to raise money for WFP, holding a bake sale or developing a presentation to share with the rest of the school about the situation. Perhaps you could also start a student blog, with each student writing why it’s important to donate to WFP. You could include our "banner" on your page, and hyperlink to our donation page: http://wfp.org/typhoon 
 Banner to donate to WFP operations in the Philippines
Let us know what you’re doing
Once you’ve got a project underway let us know! Email wfp.youth@wfp.org to share your story. If you have any questions along the way, we can help. You can also find information on how to send money offline to WFP here