Educational materials Archives - Conflict-free Technology - Alboan

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Educational materials

We want to mobilise as many people and institutions as possible so, for this reason we have included an education for development component in our “Conflict-free Technology” campaign.

Our aim is to generate so much pressure from the public that their representatives in the European Parliament will feel obliged to support more effective regulation and companies will likewise feel compelled to take responsibility for their supply chains. In this way we hope to end the humanitarian tragedy of eastern DRC.

The campaign looks at the “extraction - manufacturing – marketing – recycling” cycle for electronic devices. This is a critical reflection on our own life style, consumption patterns and model of development and their links with mining and the people who both depend on and are harmed by mining. In so doing we raise fundamental questions about the human and environmental sustainability of our current international economic system.

The campaign also makes us aware of the way we use mobile phones in particular and technology in general, fostering responsible use, consumption and recycling.

At ALBOAN, we have prepared a set of training materials, targeting different sectors of the population (school children, students, adults), which encourage people to mobilise and take action. Here you can download the different worksheets to work on the campaign in the classroom with secondary students and/or volunteer groups.

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File 02 – The path minerals take to our pockets and back

Our mobile devices contain an almost endless list of minerals and raw materials, including the so-called “conflict minerals” 1: tantalum, tungsten, tin (known as 3Ts) and gold sourced from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Great Lakes region. These minerals are hidden inside many of the products we use every day.

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File 01 – Defining CONFLICT MINERALS

We must begin to address the issue of conflict minerals by defining what they are. The first and simplest definition we can give is that conflict minerals are those linked to a conflict or human rights abuses and violations.

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File 00 – How can your mobile change the world?

There are certain electronic devices that have taken up permanent residence in our pockets and bags, devices that many consider indispensable. We are talking, of course, about mobile phones. But what do we really know about them? What do we know about the impact of their manufacturing and use?

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