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Free Social Justice Resource for Grades 4, 5 and 6

The Junior World-Changers Kit is a fun and practical resource for teachers to introduce younger students to social justice issues and activism.

Free The Children is a Toronto based charity and the largest organization of children helping children through education.

This kit is divided into three parts: Educate, Empower, Engage. It is believed that if students are given the opportunity to develop their skills in each of these areas, they will become more globally aware, socially engaged and empowered to bring about change in our world. 

Using hands-on activities, students will learn about issues such as clean water, education, child labour, health etc. They are encouraged to understand the daily reality for many of their peers around the world, while being provided with a positive outlet to turn their raw emotional reactions into constructive action. 

The kit can be used consecutively or activities can also be picked out and used individually. The best news is that it’s all online and free! 

The kit:

Lesson Plans

Country Guides

Guided Reading Book

Find the website here

How cool is this!

I wish we’d learned things like this in elementary school.  I feel like people my age would be less indifferent if we had.

So, I saw a bunch of Tumblr stuff today that made me think about things.  It’s not important to me if tons of people read this; I just want to put it out there.

There are so many people in this world going through so much shit.  And we as a society, and often as individuals, don’t do a thing about it.  I’m one of them;  I sit there and read all kinds of articles on social issues, and then go about my day without the slightest thought to them.  And that’s not helpful in the least.  It doesn’t take much time or effort to do little things for others.  Acceptance, respect, offering help even when no one takes you up on your offer.  These aren’t hard things to do; considering others above yourself, even for a few minutes of the day, is not impossible.

I guess I’m kind of rambling, but what I mean is:  if you can “take the time” to reblog things that promote awareness of the shit people go through, you should be able to take a few minutes in real life, and actually try to alleviate that shit.  I know a lot of the Tumblr community is in high school—maybe just break out of your hyper-self aware bubble for a bit and show respect and kindness to someone who’s having a rough time, instead of judging. I wish I’d done that.

So in the spirit of the new year, could people try to be nicer to one another, put more respect into the world, and just be the change you want to see.  I’ll get off of my soap box now and go look for ways to volunteer, etc.  My writing’s not great, but hopefully you have some inspiration now too.

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