By: Megan Saxelby
Middle School Humanities
Siena, Wilha, and Charis
One of the things that I find the most rewarding about teaching humanities is that you are able to adapt your curriculum to address history as it unfolds. While watching the horrific images of the terrorist attacks in Paris, I decided I would give my class an open ended project that focused on spreading dignity as a direct response to acts of hate carried out that Friday.
Students chose to spread dignity in so many ways: beautiful public service announcements to show to their classmates, slipping anonymous notes of positivity and encouragement into every locker in the middle school, and even creating “dignity boxes” where passers by could stop and grab a positive message.
One group found their inspiration in the work of Malala Yousafzai, and, after viewing this powerful image, decided they wanted to spread dignity by spreading access to education. In the next two weeks their goal is to help raise $1000 for the Malala Fund, and they are almost there! Below is their powerful speech. Please consider supporting our young activists as they live out the BC mission to be critical, ethical, and global thinkers!
Hello Middle School,
We are Siena, Wilha, and Charis and we are doing a project for our humanities class to help spread dignity. Our class was doing this project to help spread positivity in response to the recent terror attacks in Paris. Originally, we were going to donate to the Red Cross, but felt like that wouldn’t have an impact.
We think spreading education will spread dignity, and potentially stop terrorism rather than just a small donation to the Red Cross. We chose the Malala Fund because, as Malala said, “With Guns you can kill terrorists. But with education you can kill terrorism.” We have made an online fundraising page where people can donate any amount, and the link to this page will be emailed to you. More information about our project and the fund can be found there.
Our goal is to raise $1000 between now and winter break. Every single contribution, even one dollar, helps to spread dignity and spread education! The Malala Fund works with partners all over the world helping to empower girls and amplify their voices; invests in local education leaders and programmes; and advocates for more resources for education and safe schools for every child. On the site, there is also an option to share our campaign on other social media sites. We would love it if you could help spread the word! Thank you so much, and tell everyone you know!