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'What if you only had $1.25 a day?'

Could you live with just 1.25$ a day in your country? We tried to find the answer with this project

This project connected Math with other subjects through research about real-world problems and Sustainable Development Goals. Students applied math knowledge (statistics and financial skills), but also raised awareness and empathy about poverty and hunger in the world. They shared their results with peers from other countries using Skype in the Classroom and other educational platforms.

Financial Skills


HundrED has selected this innovation to

Financial Skills for the Youth






Target group
September 2019
If we have all we need, it's hard to imagine what poverty is. That's why we tried to see how it feels to be in somebody else's shoes. Each of us can take a small step to make this world a better place

About the innovation

What is 'What if you only had $1.25 a day?'

What we do?

With the help of mathematical knowledge, we've done a currency conversion and practiced math operations, assessed family budgets, prices of food and made daily menus for 1.25$. We used statistics and data analysis in order to understand the data we found in our research. We talked about the poorest and richest countries in the world in Geography classes and about healthy food in biology classes. We used English and ICT to connect to students around the world and share our results. We evaluated the relevance of the resources that we encountered on the Internet, used logical and critical thinking in order to reach conclusions and tried to give our small contribution to solving global problems.

We have tried to find some answers in an eTwinning project SPARKS with students from many European countries, and then in Microsoft Community, with students from all over the world, using Skype in the Classroom for connecting and sharing results.

Project SPARKS got European Quality Labels in many European countries. This lesson was one of 5 winning lessons with the most innovative approaches to Math teaching at the contest organized by Center for the promotion of Science in Serbia called Action potential of Mathematics, within May Month of Mathematics 2019. This lesson in our class was recorded and it's showcased as an example of good practice in media and at different events, organized by the Center for the Promotion of Science. Some media already covered our stories, including National Geographic Serbia, Politika, Danas, City magazine,... but also pedagogical magazine published by our Ministry of Education.

Why we do it?

The main aim of this collaboration is to teach students about the first two Sustainable Development Goals: No poverty and Zero hunger, and connect SDGs with Math lessons (especially statistics, converting currencies, mean, median, family budgets and financial skills in general). We also connected these topics with Biology, Geography, English and Social and emotional learning.

Students can read about SDGs, they can research about them, but the best way to learn about these goals is to try to imagine how really looks like to be poor, to be hungry and not have enough money for a decent life.

Our main goal was to make some impact on students and make them think about their own life. Having just 1.25$ a day changed their perspective and made them think about how can they help to fight poverty.

Global challenges such as poverty, inequality and climate change can be solved only by working together. Each of us has to make a small step to make this world a better place to live.

Impact & scalability

Implementation steps

Research about SDGs and poverty in the world

Students can use ICT and the internet to search for information about what SDGs are, to know more about poverty and hunger in the world; how we measure poverty and what are the poorest and reachest countries in the world. Where their country is on that list? What is the financial situation in their county and their family?

Menu for 1.25$ a day

Could you live with just 1.25$ a day in your country?

Would you have for everything you need - food, clothes, heat, electricity, education, ....? If you have that much money just for food, what would your daily menu look like? What would you eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner? Would you have a dessert? Let's make a list of food and their prices from your country/city/village store or green market.

How much costs your meal? And the daily menu? Do the Math!

Students can research what are the prices of food in local grocery stores in their own currency and revert them to dollars. Based on that, they can make one-day menus for 1.25$, They can reflect on how healthy they are and could they leave on that for a longer period of time.

Reflection and connection

Teachers can use Microsoft Education, Scientix, eTwinning or any other safe education platform to connect with other educators around the world and Skype in The Classroom to meet their students and share what they have learned. That way students can practice foreign languages, learn about different countries, meet peers and exchange their findings.

Some questions for reflections could be:Would you be hungry at the end of the day? How do poor people feel around the world? What are the statistics in your country? Can you do something about it?

Let's think and take some action!

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