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        The Workers Cup | Balancing Profits and Paychecks: Rights of Foreign Workers and Responsibilities of their Employers - Lesson Plan Clips

        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.

        Clip 1: "Typical Work"

        We see the typical work and working conditions in Qatar and meet Kenneth, whose hope for a pro soccer (football) career is exploited by an employment agent.

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        Clip 2: "Modern Slavery?"

        During lunch in the cafeteria, workers who are also members of the company’s soccer team talk about what they miss from home and their definitions of “freedom.” Their conversation touches on issues of racism and whether the conditions of their employment are a modern form of slavery.

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        Clip 3: "Pay and Recreation"

        The manager of the company soccer team calculates the cost of fielding a team and weighs it against the benefits. We also learn that a white collar foreign worker with eight years of service with the company still cannot earn enough to qualify for a visa to bring his wife to Qatar.

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        Clip 4: "Housing"

        We learn that foreign workers outnumber Qataris and that those who choose to live outside of company camps live in squalor. We hear the story of a man who was stabbed by his roommate because his roommate believed that the company would only let him leave Qatar if it considered him mentally unfit.

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