The Grade 9s of St Andrew’s College and The Diocesan School for Girls recently had a cross-curricular Single Focus day that was focused on living on a “dollar a day”. The English teachers saw the pupils first and then, afterwards, their FAL teachers saw them. English teachers introduced the idea of “a dollar a day” to their classes and then revealed no lunch would be served for 9s at lunch time. Instead, pupils were given R20 (roughly a US dollar) to cater for their main meal of the day. We then took our classes to pre-arranged shops where pupils bought their lunch. How they spend it and on what was part of the experience (which was then explored in their FAL classes). For the second part of the day, FAL teachers were encouraged to look at the lists of what was bought for a reflection (written or oral) where pupils reflected on their choices, as well as the limitations and the consequences of their purchases.
Mr Joe Orsmond
In the Grade 9 Afrikaans FAL first set we extended the idea of a dollar a day to minimum wage, which is currently R23,19. With an eight hour working day, pupils
had to come up with a daily budget for everything but food and then work out how to compromise on other necessities to ensure that a family of seven can still eat. They were then asked to write a diary entry from the point of view of the breadwinner in the family. These diary entries were deeply empathetic and moving.
Ms Maretha Potgieter
The Grade 8 Afrikaans FAL classes were divided into groups and tasked with designing a menu. This involved preparing three meals. They were given tokens worth R15 and had to ‘buy’ the items from their teachers. Difficult choices were made, and the pupils learnt valuable lessons about surviving on very little.
Within the groups there were different approaches and outlooks. Negotiations took place around which items to take and which items to leave as the money was
not enough for the demands of their original menus. The students learnt about the sobering reality that no amount of budgeting makes up for simply not having
Mr Sheldan Dolf