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Teaching resources for primary, GCSE and A Level Geography

Teaching resources for primary, GCSE and A Level Geography

These four teaching and learning resources for GCSE and A Level Geography were developed by Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in partnership with the Geographical Association and an advisory group of teachers.

Presented in Powerpoint presentation format these resources include a wide range of up-to-date case studies. They have been designed to meet examination specifications and examiners’ reports and do not necessarily represent MSF’s official opinion.  

A Level

Guided by the 2016 A Level Geography specifications, Tectonic activity and hazards: earthquakes is a comprehensive teaching resource juxtaposing vulnerability, risk, coping capacity, impact and the disaster management cycle in two disaster hotspots: Haiti and Japan.

The Haiti earthquake (2010) and the Tōhoku, Japan earthquake and tsunamis (2011) demonstrate how impact, path and duration of recovery depend on country-specific factors. 

While Japan was underprepared for the earthquakes and tsunamis, Haiti was entirely unprepared. Though unleashed by natural seismic events, the tragic death toll in Haiti and the Fukushima-Daiichi Nuclear disaster in Japan could both be considered man-made. 

Throughout 'Tectonic activity and hazards', the relationship between disaster and level of development is explored, drawing on the disaster response of MSF.

Teachers are encouraged to review and select content and activities to best match their students’ needs.


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'Feast and Famine: Life on the Margins' is comprehensive A Level resource presented in nine presentations, addressing themes of food security including hunger, malnutrition, inequality, urbanisation, green and gene revolutions, population thinkers, food supply, drylands and desertification.

The impact of climate change, conflict and disasters and local, national and global responses to food and nutrition security are also addressed.


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This A Level exercise focuses on the district of Tonkolili, Sierra Leone, one of many in West Africa that was gripped by the Ebola outbreak in 2014. The data supported the response to the epidemic.

The aim of this exercise is to use the data provided to create an overview map of Tonkolili.


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This engaging GCSE resource explores cholera in the context of natural hazards and urban growth (sanitation, health services and slums) and starts with a contamination station game.

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A set of activities to explore what life is like for a refugee and a look at MSF's work with refugees and people forced from their homes.

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Attention Geography teachers! 

Are you a teacher who uses these resources in the classroom? If so, we would love to hear your feedback, good or bad, to help us keep improving our resources. Please send us an e-mail with your thoughts.

Look out for more resources from MSF on the Times Educational Supplement website