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Activity 2.4
Memo to the Minister - Part 2

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Once students are familiar with the various government departments that may be involved in a public health and safety crisis, their respective roles, and their vested interests; students will compose a memo to a Minister of a selected government department. The memo will give advice on how to proceed in the crisis, and represent the needs of that department. (See Handout 2.4).

1. Divide students into groups. Assign each group a particular department to represent or allow them to select a department. (Each group should be assigned a different department.)

2. In groups, have students compose a memo to the Minister of their department. The memo should include the proposed actions the department should take to deal with the crisis. Each group will then select one student to play the role of their particular Minister.

3. The various Ministers, with help from their groups, must prepare to address the "scrum" (classmates from the other groups) on the Irish Potato Famine issue. Group members can help their Minister by rehearsing their strategy, by brainstorming and by practicing "politically correct" responses to questions they may encounter from the "press".

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