Global poverty & its colonial roots: a re-education

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Poverty is created.

Poverty exists due to decisions taken by people, countries and companies with power. These decisions started with colonialism, which has shaped the way we live now. But today’s world is still structured to ensure power and wealth grow for those who already have it, at the expense of people in poverty.

With calls growing to bring the truth about Britain’s legacy of colonialism into classrooms, now teachers, students and parents can take matters into their own hands with our free lesson plan exploring colonialism and the roots of global poverty aimed at 16-18-year-olds (Key Stage 5).


Get our free, informative, beautifully-designed lesson pack by filling out the form below, and we’ll email you with;

  • An interactive lesson plan for our 90-minute class (designed to also be split over two 45 minute classes)
  • PowerPoint slides to accompany the lesson
  • A leaflet with key learning from the lesson for students
  • A further learning list packed full of more informative resources for students

Whether you’re a student yourself or a parent – email your school today asking them to teach this lesson to bring truth to the curriculum, and be part of our re-education movement!


The lesson is split into 4 areas:

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This lesson was created following a series of pilot workshops conducted in two London 6th form colleges. We would like to thank all of the students, teachers and educators who all fed into the development of this lesson.

Special thanks to Naomi Gennery for the design and illustrations, and Teah Bernard for her support with the further learning list.

Note: Not all of the views expressed in the recommended extra resources are held by Health Poverty Action, but were chosen as important voices for further reading around these topic areas.