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Classroom ideas: MONEY & DEBT

MONEY ALTERNATIVES

 

What can you do if you need money?
Learners find out about two local alternatives to the usual money and banking systems.
They explore whether one of the systems might be suitable for them.

 

How can you get money? - warm up

 

Alternative systems – reading on the web

*If learners are not familiar with the terms 'North' and 'South' as used here, you may want to refer them to the North /South map sometime before doing this activity

 

How it works - reporting & explaining

 

Would a LETS work for us? - large group/whole class

The aim of this activity is to explore whether a system like LETS could be more realistic than people might think.
(In fact, I first did it with a class because I was pretty sceptical myself: it turned out to be a surprisingly positive experience, as we discovered that several of our skills, abilities and hobbies could be useful to other people. Often, these were not the first things we thought of - see note below.)

*Note: While it's important that all learners get the chance to take part, this activity works best if it is done in a pretty informal way:
Learners don't have to stick to what they put on their paper. People often realise they can do something that someone else wants, or that they could use a service someone else is offering, although they didn't think of it before the activity started.


© Chris Doye 1999


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