Primary education

Board game Treasure of Goldland

Target group: primary school children (8-10 years old)
Duration: 1-1.5 hour
Group size: 8-20 pupils
Language: Dutch

Through this board game, children learn where raw materials come from and what the impact from mining is on the environment and communities around the mine. The children are divided into groups of 2-5 pupils. Each group has to make decisions throughout the game to invest in different resources: livestock, water, gold, money. During the game they also have to answer questions about the use of raw materials. As they go answering these questions, they have different options of how to deal with/invest in their ‘own’ raw materials as well. Whereas children in the beginning often make choices for money and gold, they start realising after a while that they run out of water and food and that water is vital to survive. As a result, the children obtain a more critical approach towards the consumption of raw materials.

This game can be both guided by our workshop experts or independently borrowed. 

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Steenrijk lesson package

Target group: primary school children (8-12 years old)
Duration: 4 classes
Group size: 8-24 pupils
Language: Dutch

SteenRijk? is a ready-made lesson package with accompanying material for four lesson blocks in the third grade of primary school. Through various interactive methods, pupils first become acquainted with Colombia as a country and with mining in general. Afterwards they empathize and take up the role of a child from Colombia. Through a board game they feel first-hand what the negative impact of mining on the different characters is. Finally, they themselves link that to the consumer behaviour in the west and make a list of what they can do themselves.

Playful learning is guaranteed in this package!

This package can be borrowed by teachers and used independently. 

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Are you interested in this educational package? Contact us by e-mail at info@catapa.be. Hope to see you soon!

Guest lecture

The gold in your laptop, coltan in your mobile phone, a beautiful silver jewel: metals and minerals are present in your everyday products. Due to the high demand, the prices of these raw materials increase exponentially. Large-scale mining, however, often creates intense conflicts: the impact on the social, economic, cultural and ecological level is usually disastrous. The gold is exported while the local population is left with social conflicts, a polluted environment, water scarcity and little hope for a better future. For the production of just one golden ring, about 40 tonnes of toxic mining waste remains.

CATAPA vzw offers customized guest lectures in which pupils are taken to the paradise of northern Peru by means of impressive photographic and video material, to the current CONGA case, and explain in detail how David takes on Goliath. This story explains why the theme ‘natural resources’ is so high on the agenda in many countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. A short context analysis of a globalized world also shows how Europe is partly responsible, and what the average Belgian can do about this.

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Contact us on info@catapa.be for more information.

Secondary education

Position Workshop

Target group: secondary school students (15-18 years old)
Duration: 100 minutes
Group size: 15-25 students
Language: Dutch

The Position Workshop is an immersion workshop that stimulates pupils’ empathy and makes them think about the consequences of mining from different perspectives. Usually two hours are needed to complete the workshop. The pupils are divided into groups of five and represent different layers of the Peruvian population, namely the farming community, the miners, the townspeople, the investors and the government. On the basis of presentations and fact sheets with background information, students will have to develop a position per group about the arrival of a new mining company in their region and they will have to discuss this with each other. Meetings are organized in which all groups speak and get the opportunity to formulate their concerns and expectations. In this way, the debate between the pupils is stimulated and they learn to think critically about the pros and cons of large-scale mining in Peru.

Our workshops experts will guide this educational workshop.

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Make ICT Fair Workshop

Target group: secondary school students (15-18 years old)
Duration: 100 minutes
Group size: 15-25 students
Language: Dutch

How is a smartphone made exactly? The story starts with the exploitation of the raw materials and ends with their consumption. Via interactive assignments the participants discover possible problems and consequences at every stage of the production process. This workshop allows students to think critically about the consumption of ICT devices, offers an overview of possible alternatives and encourages action.

Our workshops experts will guide this educational workshop.

Interested?

Are you interested in this educational workshop? Contact us by e-mail at info@catapa.be. Hope to see you soon!

Guest lecture

The gold in your laptop, coltan in your mobile phone, a beautiful silver jewel: metals and minerals are present in your everyday products. Due to the high demand, the prices of these raw materials increase exponentially. Large-scale mining, however, often creates intense conflicts: the impact on the social, economic, cultural and ecological level is usually disastrous. The gold is exported while the local population is left with social conflicts, a polluted environment, water scarcity and little hope for a better future. For the production of just one golden ring, about 40 tonnes of toxic mining waste remains.

CATAPA vzw offers customized guest lectures in which students are taken to the paradise of northern Peru by means of impressive photographic and video material, to the current CONGA case, and explain in detail how David takes on Goliath. This story explains why the theme ‘natural resources’ is so high on the agenda in many countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. A short context analysis of a globalized world also shows how Europe is partly responsible, and what the average Belgian can do about this.

Interested?

Contact us on info@catapa.be for more information.

Higher education and adults

Plata o plomo: the Golddiggers’ game

Target group: 18+
Duration: 2-3 hours (can be adapted according to needs)
Group size: 15-25 people
Language: Dutch or English

Do you want to learn more about (gold) mining issues in Latin America? Do you want to experience how it feels to be one of the many stakeholders in a conflict that results from the search for gold? Then immerse yourself in the case of La Colosa, by taking the role of one of the many stakeholders in a simulation game and negotiating with the other stakeholders. With the help of CATAPA, you will learn more about the social, environmental and economic consequences of mining and about the interests of the many stakeholders.

Our workshops experts will guide this educational workshop.

Interested?

Are you interested in this educational workshop? Contact us by e-mail at info@catapa.be. Hope to see you soon!

Guest lecture

The gold in your laptop, coltan in your mobile phone, a beautiful silver jewel: metals and minerals are present in your everyday products. Due to the high demand, the prices of these raw materials increase exponentially. Large-scale mining, however, often creates intense conflicts: the impact on the social, economic, cultural and ecological level is usually disastrous. The gold is exported while the local population is left with social conflicts, a polluted environment, water scarcity and little hope for a better future. For the production of just one golden ring, about 40 tonnes of toxic mining waste remains.

CATAPA vzw offers customized guest lectures about the mining problem. In addition, we organize an annual international speaker tour, Open Min(e)d, in which students come into direct contact with speakers who experience the impact of mining on a daily basis.

Interested?

Contact us on info@catapa.be for more information.