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Learning about cooperatives

Year level: Upper Primary

Students explore the value of cooperatives as a means of sharing knowledge, skills and resources to achieve benefits for all.

In Lombok, Indonesia, cooperatives help peanut farmers pool their resources to expand access to markets, improve productivity and reduce poverty.

In Lombok, Indonesia, cooperatives help peanut farmers pool their resources to expand access to markets, improve productivity and reduce poverty. Photo by Josh Estey for AusAID


Identity and cultural diversity, Interdependence and globalisation

Australian Curriculum links

General capabilities

  • Literacy
  • Intercultural understanding
  • Personal and social capability
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Ethical behaviour

Cross-curriculum priority

  • Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia

Activity 1

Preparation

  • photos cut into jigsaw pieces (using free software)
  • wax crayons, waterpaint, paper.

Form small groups to assemble a jigsaw in silence.

Discuss as a whole class how groups worked together to complete the jigsaw.

Consider what people did to assist the group to cooperate with each other.

Read the case study Batik cooperative empowers women.

Explain why batik is important for people living in Indonesia.

Create a flow chart starting with the formation of the cooperative, the skills of participants, training, funding, marketing and possible/probable futures.

Learn a simple batik technique (eg wax crayons on paper with a waterpaint wash).

Produce some batik as a group.

Discuss as a class:

  • What is cooperation?
  • What are some advantages of cooperation?
  • What are some barriers to good cooperation?

View the symbol for the International Year of Cooperatives at http://social.un.org/coopsyear/index.html
and discuss how it shows cooperation. 

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In Lombok, Indonesia, cooperatives help peanut farmers pool their resources to expand access to markets, improve productivity and reduce poverty.
Photo by Josh Estey for AusAID
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In Lombok, Indonesia, cooperatives help peanut farmers pool their resources to expand access to markets, improve productivity and reduce poverty. Photo by Josh Estey for AusAID