Latin America Solidarity Centre

Activity 8: Where the Road Goes

AIM 

For students to debate and discuss an issue from the perspective of an affected community.

MATERIALS

Facilities to play a video.

Video:

 

LINKS TO THE CURRICULUM:

Senior Cycle:

I. Basic Communicative Proficiency, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10

III. Cultural Awareness, 4, 5

 

March in Bolivia against the TIPNIS road. Source: Upside Down World

METHODOLOGY

The Bolivian government is building a massive motorway through a natural park and indigenous reserve called the TIPNIS in central Bolivia. The indigenous community opposes the construction of the road.

Ask students to discuss in groups why the indigenous community might not want the road to be constructed.

Elicit answers, and map them on the board under the heading of.

Play the following video and ask students to check which of their predictions were correct: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqJCCr1R-dc

 

CONNECTIONS WITH IRELAND AND TAKING ACTION

What can governments do to encourage people to use more environmentally friendly forms of transport? What does the Irish government do to encourage people to use these forms of transport? What more can they do?

Ask students to research the M3 road through Tara, and the opposition to it.