New CAFOD Schools Resource: El Salvador Geography Pack

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Meet eight year old Jacqueline from El Salvador. She lives in a village in Guaymango called Puentecitos. This is in the west of El Salvador, near the border with Guatemala. The landscape is beautiful, with steep hillsides and lots of volcanoes. Jacqueline is one of four children who feature in CAFOD’s new education pack for primary schools. Start the interactive video below, watch the introducion, then click to choose which story you would like to hear:

From September thousands of schools will be teaching a new Geography curriculum, with the new core requirement that all children learn about countries in North, Central and South America. CAFOD’s new pack will introduce children to El Salvador, a country in Central America where CAFOD has worked with partners for many years, supporting communities as they build a better life for themselves.

El Salvador suffered a violent civil war from 1980-1992, with inequality between the rich and the poor being one of the root causes. Although El Salvador is a more democratic country today, there are still serious problems of violence and inequality, along with the ongoing threat of earthquakes and hurricanes.

Since the 1970s, CAFOD has been working in El Salvador to reduce the risk of disasters through peace projects and supporting communities. It’s these aspects of CAFOD’s work in El Salvador that the new education pack focuses on, exploring these geographical topics through the lives and local environments of four children living there.


The pack includes an illustrated map, photo cards, online films and classroom activities which will help inspire children in the UK with a curiosity about the world and its people. Download the full pack here or contact us on 0208 449 6970 or to arrange for one of our fully trained schools volunteers to visit your school!

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