St. John's Oxfam Committee
Year Published: 1982
Organization profile published 1982
Resource Type: Organization
Cx Number: CX2494
Abstract: The St. John's OXFAM Committee has produced the following resources which make the connections between development issues in Newfoundland and Latin America:
1. "Worlds Without Work - Unemployment in Newfounland and Latin America" -
Purchase $ 100, Rental $10. This montage is also available from DEC Films,
427 Bloor St. W., Tor M5S 1X7. 18 minutes, 1981.
This slide -tape show attacks the myth that unemployment is high in Newfoundland because it is considered to be a "have -not" province. Newfoundland is, in fact, rich in resources. However, these resources are processed not in Newfoundland, but in the industrial centres of the United States and central Canada. This export of raw resources means an export of jobs. "Worlds Without Work" points out that Newfoundland is not unique in this; its role in the world economy is similar to that of Latin America and many other developing countries, wherein raw resources are exportedto the detriment of local economic development and employment possibilities. This montage analyses this role and looks at the relationship between high employment and multinational companies, government and foreign creditors.
2. "Perspectives on World Hunger", 18 pages, 1980, is a curriculum unit designed to introduce senior high school students in Newfondland to the problem of widespread malnutrition in the world. The objective of the unit to give students and teachers sufficient data and analysis to answer basic questions about food and hunger. Each lesson contains a lesson plan, a list of resource materials, recomendations for audio-visual presentations, discussion questions,class projects and outlines for analysing the essential issues raised in the resource material.
The introductory lesson explains the fundamental context of social, economic, and political relations in which problems of malnutrition appear. It defines such concepts as "development", "underdevelopment", and the "Third World" and examines the historical process by which communitiescame to be underdeveloped. While this and subsequent lessons deal primarily with the severe problems in Latin America, Asia and Africa, there are example of problems in Newfoundland and Canada to give students a familiar point of reference.
This abstract was published in the Connexions Digest in 1982.