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  • Grades 11-12

Balancing Profits and Paychecks — Rights of Foreign Workers and Responsibilities of Their Employers


In this lesson, students will use a real-life situation–the construction boom occurring as Qatar prepares to host the 2022 World Cup–to investigate a workforce development plan for a fictional U.S. company. They will work in teams to research various facets of the issue and write final recommendations as if they were presenting written reports to higher management. The task will require them to learn about Qatar, consider ethical labor practices and human rights standards and think through workers' needs as they make decisions about whether to invest company resources. To prepare for their task, students will view clips from the documentary The Workers Cup, which provides students with an extraordinary opportunity to learn about the lives of foreign workers currently in Qatar.