The effect of international terrorism on individuals in Nigeria

Updated: Jan 31, 2020

I teach the causes, impact and possible resolutions that could tackle international terrorism to pupils aged 13/14 and 15/16/17. Today I began teaching the effects of the terror group, Boko Haram on individuals in Nigeria to my younger class.

The effect of terrorism that we dealt with today course was poverty. After a discussion of the differences between absolute and relative poverty, we began to tackle the specific impact that terrorism has had and continues to have in Nigeria in terms of the poverty it both creates and exacerbates.

We watched the following BBC clip about the impact of Boko Haram on individuals in Nigeria:

This 6 minute clip was a great resource for helping to introduce the spread of Boko Haram's influence across the borders into Niger, Cameroon and Chad along with the kidnapping of the Chibok school girls, the leadership of the terror group and the role the Nigerian government has played.

Depending on the age of the pupils being taught, Stacey Dooley's documentary investigating Boko Haram's use of female suicide bombers, offers a fantastic insight into this complex situation, although it does contain upsetting scenes and touches on difficult issues.

We then moved on to discuss the impact of displacement and refugeeism. We watched this news report about internally displaced people in Nigeria:

And the following clips about Nigerian refugees fleeing across their borders seeking sanctuary from Boko Haram:

There were multiple opportunities to ask pupils about what they thought being a refugee would be like. They were asked about the impact refugeeism would have on one's mental and physical health, safety, education and future prospects. This is a difficult ask for young pupils, and this is why the visual representation of the plight of these individuals is so important and powerful.

The learning and teaching materials used for this lesson are shown below:

As you can see, pupils are required to undertake a degree of critical thinking skills in terms of interpreting data and text, drawing conclusions, inferring meaning, assessing reliability and making predictions. For an older audience, this Time article offers more of an academic challenge.

If you would like to download these teaching materials for free, please click on this link.

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