Global Projects

Finding Solutions to Hunger, Poverty and Inequality

Years 9-10

Finding Solutions to Hunger, Poverty and Inequality

Learners will discuss the root causes of hunger, poverty and inequality in the world through the SDGs

#2 End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

#3 Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

#10 Reduce inequality within and among countries

#12 Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Participants will research and discuss the root causes of hunger, poverty and inequality to help create a more just and sustainable world.

Learners will begin the study of hunger/food justice by examining their own eating patterns. They will reflect on the importance of food in their own lives and where their food comes from. They will compare their own food diaries with students in classrooms around the world, to understand how different cultures eat different types of foods and consume different amounts of calories and nutrients.

After sharing food diaries and analysing types and amounts of food consumed per person, students will participate in activities to help understand how food and resources are distributed globally.

They will learn about the difference between famine and chronic hunger, understand the problems of obesity, and how big the hunger problem is.

The next area of study is to learn about why people are hungry. Here, students discover the problem is not scarcity, but distribution; they will look at issues of population growth, the legacy of colonialism, foreign aid, importance of female education, corporate vs. sustainable farming, lifestyles of industrial nations, and the impact of the media.

Finally, learners will become problem solvers in working to end hunger. They will create a service-learning project to educate their school/community about the issue of hunger and how people can effect change. They will document their project through video, digital photography or other forms and share it online. We will create an online manual containing projects, lesson ideas, and resources that others can use to teach about hunger.

Learning Areas


Health and Physical Education

Identify actions that promote health, safety and wellbeing (VCHPEP062)

Explore how regular physical activity keeps individuals healthy and well (VCHPEM066)

Ethical Capability

Explore the meaning of right and wrong, good and bad, as concepts concerned with the outcomes of acts (VCECU001)

Explore the type of acts often considered right and those often considered wrong and the reasons why they are considered so (VCECD002)

Explore the effects that personal feelings can have on how people behave in situations where ethical issues are involved (VCECD003)


Ethical Capability

Explore the extent to which particular acts might be regarded by different people as good or bad, right or wrong, better or worse, and explain why (VCECU005)

Discuss the ways to identify ethical considerations in a range of problems (VCECU006)

Personal and Social Capability

Examine the similarities and differences between individuals and groups based on factors such as sex, age, ability, language, culture and religion (VCPSCSO020)


Ethical Capability

Discuss how ethical principles can be used as the basis for action, considering the influence of cultural norms, religion, world views and philosophical thought on these principles (VCECU010)

Examine how problems may contain more than one ethical issue (VCECU011)

Explore the significance of ‘means versus ends’ by considering two ways to act when presented with a problem: one that privileges means and one ends (VCECD012)

Personal and Social Capability

Explore and discuss behaviours that demonstrate sensitivity to individual, social and cultural differences (VCPSCSO029)

Define and recognise examples of stereotypes, discrimination and prejudice and discuss how they impact on the individual (VCPSCSO030)


Health and Physical Education

Plan and implement strategies for connecting to natural and built environments to promote the health and wellbeing of their communities (VCHPEP131)

Economics and Business

Identify why and how markets may be influenced by government (VCEBR012)

Consider the ways in which work can contribute to individual and societal wellbeing (VCEBW016)

Explain the role of enterprising behaviours and capabilities in the work environment and explore how individuals and businesses can use them (VCEBN018)

Identify relationships and trends, and generate a range of alternatives for an economic or business issue or event, evaluating the potential costs and benefits of each alternative and the consequences of proposed actions (VCEBE019)


Causes of a geomorphological hazard and its impacts on places and human responses to it to minimise harmful effects on places in the future (VCGGK121)

Ethical Capability

Explore the contested meaning of concepts including freedom, justice, and rights and responsibilities, and the extent they are and should be valued by different individuals and groups (VCECU014)

Personal and Social Capability

Investigate human rights and discuss how these contribute to a cohesive community (VCPSCSO039)


Economics and Business

Explain the links between economic performance and living standards, including the variations that exist within and between economies, and give reasons for the possible causes of variations (VCEBR022)


The interconnection between food production and land and water degradation; shortage of fresh water; competing land uses; and climate change, for Australia and other areas of the world (VCGGK135)

Challenges in feeding the current and projected populations of Australia and the world, and responses to these challenges (VCGGK138)

Effects of the production and consumption of goods on places and environments throughout the world and including a country from North-East Asia (VCGGK142)

Interconnecting causes of spatial variations between countries in selected indicators of human wellbeing (VCGGK150)

Role of initiatives by international and national government and non-government organisations to improve human wellbeing in Australia and other countries (VCGGK154)

Ethical Capability

Investigate the connections and distinctions between and the relative value of concepts including fairness and equality, and respect and tolerance (VCECU019)

Intercultural Capability

Analyse the components of a cohesive society, and the challenges, benefits and consequences of maintaining or failing to maintain that cohesion (VCICCD020)

Personal and Social Capability

Acknowledge the importance of empathy and the acceptance of diversity for a cohesive community and reflect on the effectiveness of strategies for being respectful of diversity and human rights (VCPSCSO048)


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