Date: 2022 10th November
Fight against exclusion
- To know and support the educational, pastoral and transforming work of the Itaka-Escolapios network, to be jointly responsible for its mission and to contribute to cover the ordinary expenses that allow its viability.
- To highlight, review and encourage the transforming character of the Piarist centres, also offering EDUCA, as a network of support and connection of educational centres for social transformation.
- To contribute by sensitising children from 12 to 15 years of age in our centres to carry out the proposed campaign, so that they can take steps forward to become more Piarist and transformative centres, in line with the proposal of the Global Education Pact, which invites us to listen to the younger generations in order to build a dignified life for all.
- To facilitate the understanding and necessity of these projects and missions, presenting volunteering as a way of life.
- To introduce and explain the importance of welcoming all people, minimising differences and highlighting similarities.
Duration: approximately 30 - 45 minutes
The main development theme is the reception of migrants. We want the students to learn about this situation and to relate it to this year's solidarity campaign.
We use the Feel - Imagine - Change format to create the activity and make it easy for young people to understand. In each of the stages we will do the following:
First of all, we propose listening to or telling a story to act as an introduction to the topic being discussed, welcoming everyone and expressing our feelings or voice. For this, we leave you two options below, one for pre-school education and the other for the first cycle of primary school. However, if you prefer to use a story that you have in your classroom library and whose theme is similar, you can do so without any problem.
As for our recommendations, for pre-school education we propose "The Hugging Machine" by Scott Campbell which you can access through the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmGLyNb1oqA
The main character of this story is a boy who loves to give hugs, he is very good at it and doesn't mind giving them to everything and everyone, he is a hug machine.
For the first cycle of primary school, we propose the story "Gracias. Historia de un vecindario" by Rocío Bonilla, which you can find at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_ThsrfnyuI
This story is about a lot of neighbours who don't know each other, so they have some preconceived ideas about each home that have nothing to do with what actually happens.
Imagine: Literary gathering
Next, we suggest that you open a small gathering in an assembly where the pupils can reflect on the message of the story. We can guide it in the following way.
In pre-school, we will ask who likes to hug and why, how we feel when we are hugged by people we love such as our parents, siblings or friends, and we will discuss how important it is to hug and show our affection to those around us.
In primary school, after commenting on what they thought of the story, we propose the dynamic "What would you do? In it, we propose simple situations in which they have to choose what they would do. As everyone will choose freely, different opinions will emerge, which will help us to make it clear that everyone does things in a different way and that this is good, and that we should not judge each other for it.
Examples of actions:
- Which snack would you choose?
- What is your favourite colour?
- What would you like to play right now?
A line can also be drawn on the floor and two options proposed, so that on each side of the line the children who have chosen that alternative are placed. For example: Which do you prefer, chocolate or sweets?
Change: Welcome action
Finally, we propose to include in the classroom routine some action that expresses our welcoming character to the different. This could be anything from playing the hug dance at the end of the daily prayer in pre-school to preparing a mural with "my favourites" in primary school.
In pre-school, all we need is a relaxing song and for the students to have the time when the music is playing to go to a partner and hug him/her. It can be all of them at the same time or the main character of the day/week.
In primary school, a theme should be presented (book, toy, food, place, dessert, etc.) and the students should bring a photo or drawing of their favourite, stick them all together on the cardboard that we will have provided for this purpose and hang it in a privileged place in the classroom.