It is world children’s day – across the world the nongovernmental organisation UNICEF is promoting action to ensure that the voice of children is heard in trying to create a better world for the future.
This year has been one like no other, we know in many parts of our society that children were already facing huge challenges, that of poverty, that of dealing with the modern world that presents real issues around safeguarding, uncertainty, and fear, and then there is the pandemic .
It has changed many of our lives. We now have to keep distance from each other, wear protective face coverings, the hygiene standards we have to adopt, but also in the isolation, the worry, and the concern that it creates; this is being most felt by children.
In this country their education has been disrupted. So have their social structures and ability to thrive in our world.
World Children’s day gives us the chance to reflect on what we can do next to make this a better and more positive world and future for all our children.
The Peace Foundation is very much about creating that positive future and giving children and young people the skills and abilities, they need to cope and thrive in contemporary society. The programmes we run in schools aim to enhance traditional education and teaching in subjects like maths, English, modern science, languages, and history. We deliver experiential learning, that is experiences that they can use to develop the wisdom they will need to navigate the modern world. We have had to adapt all programmes to the challenges of 2020 and have done so.
In primary schools we offer our ‘steps’ programmes.
Tiny steps for those younger children to understand aspects like friendship, compassion, kindness to themselves, and kindness to others. In upper primary we offer our Small Steps for peace which begins to look at the more serious issues and challenges in the world; and prepares those children for transition to senior school.
In senior schools, we start to look at aspects such as identity, image, and belonging. We also start to look aspects like safeguarding, radicalisation, and extremism. We discover how to resolve conflict, without resorting to violence, and in positioning those young people to become adults and the future leaders in society.
In further and higher education, and working with teachers, and other similar professionals, we assist them to provide the guidance to our children and young people, by developing their skills to hold difficult conversations.
The work we undertake throughout education is vital and on World Children’s day we are realigning ourselves to do even more in the future.
We need your support, and we need everybody at this time to think of our children and what we can do to help them make a better future for themselves and for others.
If you would like to find out more about our programmes then contact us now and we can discuss what we can do to help you in your school, college, and community.
On World Children’s day, let’s all join together to think of our children and young people and commit to supporting them to create a better world for themselves and others.