Problem tree

Let the learners work in small groups or individually to find causes, effects and solutions to a problem.

This activity helps learners visualise their thinking and see the connections between causes, effects (symptoms) and solutions of an issue.

1. Let learners draw a tree and write a problem, for example ‘Child Labour’ on the trunk.

2. List causes for the problem on post-its or scrap paper and place them on the tree’s roots.

3. Write effects on post-its or scrap paper and place on the branches.

4. Take a step back and see if any of the causes and effects should change place?

5. Try to come up with ideas for solutions. Draw fruit and write the ideas on them. Then ‘hang’ the fruit from the branches.

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