The PYP encourages primary school students to become aware of global issues, to develop a social conscience and to begin their journey towards becoming caring, responsible citizens of the world.
It’s exciting to see 8 year olds investigating environmental issues, 10 year olds becoming aware of the effects of their choices as consumers, 12 year olds exploring social inequities and the kinds of action taken to try to effect change. However, young learners dealing with big issues can be complicated. Our Year 6 inquiry into social inequity has revealed many misconceptions and a great deal of stereotyping by our students. Their conception of ‘action’ usually involves the ‘Whites in shining armour’ syndrome you can read about here at the thought provoking Good Intentions website.
Teachers will show the students these two videos to provoke their thinking and perhaps help break down some misconceptions. (They were brought to my attention by Ittay, who blogs here.) The discussion should be interesting. I look forward to hearing (and sharing) the students’ thoughts and reflections. And yours too…
“I think sometimes we forget what we have, and occasionally it’s important to remind ourselves. Most people don’t even realize how many children in developing countries grow up barefoot and all the risks, infections and diseases they endure.” (Founder of TOMS shoes)
“Every year millions of shoes and clothing are donated to various developing countries. This practice is expensive and competes with local business”.
Some further thoughts to consider: