FRIENDSHIP - Explore the concept of friendship and the importance of making friends for developing a sense of belonging and a sense of self.
YOU WILL NEED
Knowledge and understanding of:
The Convention on the Rights of the Child
Poster paper for Friendship Poster
Pens, markers, colouring pencils
Children's Book Who Are Refugees and Migrants? What Makes People Leave Their Homes? and Other Big Questions
SPHE > Myself and others > My friends and other people
Appreciate the need for and the importance of friendship and interacting with others
Explore the different aspects of friendship
Examine different types of friendship
Respect and show consideration for the views, beliefs and values of others
SPHE > Myself > Myself and others > My friends and other people
Explore the importance of friendship and interacting with others and realise that making and changing friends is part of the natural process of growing
Discuss and appreciate the different aspects of friendship and the difference between close friends and acquaintances
Explore how the opinions, views or expectations of others can influence how people relate to each other, either positively or negatively
Watch Malak One Year Later video (Malak's story was introduced in What to Bring).
Divide the children into small groups, ask them to discuss Malak's video.
What helped Malak adjust to her new home in Germany?
How would Malak benefit from friendship in school?
How would the class benefit from having Malak in their classroom?
How would you benefit from having Malak as a friend?
Now show Desmond and/or Jamalida’s videos. Ask the children to respond to the video.
Watch Kid President's Guide to Making a New Friend
Develop a Classroom Guide to Friendship poster.
In support of the campaign, share the video and guide to the school at assembly.
Share with the children the poster on Convention of the Rights of the Child. Ask them to determine which rights are significant to the topic they have been discussing.
Article 15 (Freedom of association) You have the right to choose your own friends and join or set up groups, as long as it isn't harmful to others.
Article 29 (Goals of education): Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities to the fullest. It should also help you to respect others, human rights and you own and other cultures. It should also help you learn to live peacefully, protect the environment and respect other people.