Theme 9 – Changing the world”. The resources contained in this section of the Toolkit can help you organise the following activities:
- Collaborate with a group of teachers in your school to run the “Facing a culture of hate” Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) activity across different classrooms.
- Bring pupils together in a school council or assembly setting and let them identify a key challenge they would like to tackle together, using the SEL “Respectful dialogue” guidelines to set clear communication standards.
- It might be difficult to find consensus among your pupils. Given the focus of the debates, you may also end up with heated discussions. This is a useful exercise in resilience and democratic decision making. Still, we recommend you involve a wider range of school actors, including school psychologists or wellbeing counsellors. The Peer Mentoring activity “Scissor words or glue words?” will prove particularly helpful to encourage pupils (and adults) to reflect on the use of divisive language. Of course, you should try to find ways to bring people together.
- Once you have agreed on a common issue or goal, together with your students, draw upon the Media Analysis and Media Production activities to start developing and implementing a successful campaign. To amplify their messages, pupils will have to reflect on how they can involve friends and family, and other relevant actors and influencers in the local community when trying to grow a following, using both offline and online communication channels.
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