Nowadays, there are countless social and environmental issues that demand attention and action. From climate change and inequality to human rights and social justice, there is no shortage of challenges that require us to engage, inform and take proactive action. This is why bringing activism into the educational process is more important than ever.
Activism is a useful tool for creating positive change in society, and teaching activism to children has many benefits that extend beyond activism itself. When children learn about and participate in activism-related activities, they develop a sense of purpose, learn important life skills, and become engaged citizens. More specifically, teaching activism benefits children in the following ways:
Develops critical thinking skills: Activism requires children to think critically about social issues and develop their own opinions. This helps children understand complex issues and think beyond their own experiences. Through engaging in activism, children also learn to evaluate information, ask questions and make informed decisions.
Builds confidence and resilience: Activism can be challenging, but the experience of taking action can build children’s confidence and resilience. Children learn that they have the power to make a positive impact on the world, and this can inspire them to continue to be active in their communities and face other challenges in their lives.
Encourages empathy and kindness: Activism often requires children to listen to the opinions and experiences of others. In this way, children develop empathy and a deeper understanding of the challenges people face in their communities and around the world. This can foster kindness, compassion and a desire to help others.
Promotes active citizen participation: When children learn about activism, they also learn about their rights and responsibilities as citizens. They understand the importance of taking action and being actively involved in their communities. This leads children to become engaged and responsible citizens who are more likely to participate in social and political events.
Teaches leadership and problem-solving skills: Activism requires children to identify problems and come up with creative solutions to address them. This teaches children important problem-solving skills that they can apply in other areas of their lives.
At Openous we are innovating by introducing activism into the educational process in Greece for the first time, starting with the “Little Activists” program, which is aimed at students aged 10 and over. For more information visit our website www.openous.org or contact us at email@example.com.
H Openous είναι μία Αστική Μη Κερδοσκοπική Εταιρεία, η οποία οικοδομεί κοινότητες ψυχικά ανθεκτικών παιδιών και νέων μέσω καινοτόμων εκπαιδευτικών προγραμμάτων.