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September 16, 2019

Root causes

Age Group:
Junior Cycle / Senior Cycle / Transition Year
  • Inequality
  • Poverty
  • CSPE
  • English
  • Politics and Society
  • WWGS Global Citizenship Education

Root Causes Activity

Global Citizenship Education involves exploring the root causes of poverty, injustice and inequality. Everyday we are exposed to the consequences but rarely the root causes. WHY is always the most important question.

Here are the print outs (in pptx) for an activity you can do with your students: Ranking Reasons-2


  1. Print out 6 sets of the Ranking Reasons (based on a class of 30)
  2. Give each group a set and ask them to rank the root causes with the biggest contributor to inequality at the top and the least at the bottom. Give them a blank sheet and ask them to list any other root causes of inequality.
  3. Each group explains why they have ranked their reasons in that order.