It started for me with the ALS #icebucketchallenge – sent from the suburbs of Boston all the way to my home in Phuket. I was up for the challenge and then decided to bring the story to my Grade 7 council.
We had a laugh at a few wet/cold celebrities and then watched the Pete Frates back story on ESPN to understand how and where this inspired action began. I was thrilled by what happened next. My reflection for Council was something like: ‘What is something you feel is important enough to do something about? What are you passionate about?’ I was worried that the awkward question would be met with awkward silence. I was wrong. In turn, each student shared very personal stories and passions for causes that they will tackle. This included animal protection, access to education, pollution and environmental conservation, cancer research, Alzheimer’s, polio and ebola. One by one they took their turns sharing, referencing uncles and grandparents, family friends and pets to inspired their passion in whatever ideas they spoke about. Many of us had tears as we explained ourselves. We all left feeling ready for action.
Now it is on me / us to plan for ways to support this passion. How can we nurture and incubate a spirit for action? Does it fit within the IB MYP Individuals & Societies curriculum? Does it happen through the Global Issues Network (GIN) or some other structure? The kids are ready!