Care Actions

Care Actions at and around Schools World-wide

Youth, aged preferably 12-19, in cooperation with teachers, parents and community, perform "2 hours" Care Actions inspired by the manual of the Life-Link Friendship-Schools programme.

The manual includes a list of 62 Care Actions within the themes of Care for Myself, Care for Others, Care for Nature and Let's Get Organised.

@todo how to perform a Care Action, project management, etc.

Care for Myself

1:01My Thoughts - Visions - Beliefs - Attitudes - Behaviour

  • Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defences of peace must be constructed. (UNESCO Constitution)
  • Never doubt that a Small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the World. Indeed it's the only thing that ever has. (Margaret Mead)
  • The goal of this action is to realize the connection between our thoughts, our visions, our behaviours, and how we shape our societies.

1:02State of Mind - "Have a Rest"

  • Stress physiology.
  • Hopes and Fears.
  • Relaxation techniques.

1:03Green Medicine Day

  • Healing power of nature, healing of wounds.
  • Medicine, plants and herbs.
  • Nature and the use of plants for first aid in an emergency situation.

1:04Healthy Food and Healthy Eating Habits

  • Food and nutrition in maintaining good health.
  • Food and methods of agriculture.
  • Unhealthy food, today's understandings.
  • Eating habits and eating disorders.

1:05Voice of the Youth

  • Empower students to make positive decisions and contributions.

1:06Religions and Peace

  • World religions; beliefs and declarations about global security, peace, weapons of mass destruction, landmines and small armes.
  • World religions; attitudes to eucumenic (cross-religious) cooperation.
  • World religions; attitudes to our shared biology and environment, to the expression "Reverence for Life" (Dr Albert Schweitzer 1875-1965), to Agenda 21 from the United Nations Rio conference 1992.

1:07Art Expression and Peace

  • Art as a good and powerful way to express your feelings and your message.

1:08Massage

  • Gentle massage as a method to reduce violence and to obtain pain relief. Experiences at schools where young people have given each other gentle massage correlates with reduced youth violence, and experience in health care institutions shows that massage can be used to obtain pain relief.

1:09Self-Confidence - 3 Small Actions a Day

  • Self esteem, self confidence building and human identity. Who am I? What do I want?
  • Personal growth.

1:10Drugs - Alcohol - Cigarettes - Steroids

  • Tobacco, alcohol, hard drugs; Addiction and health.
  • Influence of drugs on personal behaviour and society.

1:11Violence- Effects on My Body and Mind

  • Physical violence and body trauma.
  • What effect do video and movie "Actionfilms", violence, fighting, have on our senses and behaviours?
  • The psychological Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

1:12Sexually Transmitted Diseases

  • What are the sexually transmitted diseases? How are they transmitted?
  • What is special about AIDS?

1:13Global Citizenship - Taking Responsibility

  • What is Global Citizenship? Citizen Diplomacy? Leadership?
  • "Think Globally - Act Locally".
  • Empathy, Compassion and Responsibility.

1:14Social Addiction - Gambling, Computers, etc.

  • Addiction patterns in society: Games, Gambling, TV, Computers, Shopping, Fashion, Violence, Mobile telephones, Power, etc.
  • The human brain; rewarding systems.
  • Consequences of social addiction.

1:15Sport and Peace - Get on the Move!

  • Physical activity and health.
  • Sport & Peace, the Olympic Ideals.
  • School curriculum and sports.
  • Physical activity facilities in community.
  • Competition versus Care & Share.

1:16Preventing Human Trafficking

  • The alarming spread and severe consequences of human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation.
  • Long-term prevention work begins with learning at schools.
  • Students and teachers should take ownership of processes such as trafficking prevention.
  • "Trafficking in human beings for the purpose of sexual exploitation" means slave trade!

1:17Bacteria, Antibiotics and Antibiotic Resistance

  • Microbes; including Bacteria, Virus, Fungi, Nematodes and the key differences between them.
  • Microbes, Man and Nature; the essential role of bacteria in human health and the environment.
  • Antibiotics; Their history and use in human medicine, veterinary programs and food production.
  • Development of Bacterial Resistance to Antibiotics.
  • Preventing the spread of resistance through Infection Prevention and Rational Use of Antibiotics: The importance of hygiene, water and sanitation, vaccines, and appropriate use of antibiotics.
  • The challenge that antibiotic resistance poses to the world. Why is it a problem?

Care for Others

2:01From a Culture of Violence, to a Culture of Peace/Care

  • Statement on Violence (Sevilla conference 1986, adopted by UNESCO 1989) In summary: Biology does not codemn humanity to war. The same species who invented war, is capable of inventing peace. The reponsibility lies with each of us.
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction (Atom bombs, Biological weapons, Chemical weapons).

2:02Constructive Collaboration

  • Constructive Collaboration, what does it really mean? Differences women and men in collaboration strategies?
  • Team Building, Cooperation and Synergy.
  • Conflict Resolving skills such as Negotiation skills etc.

2:03Peer Mediation and Conflict Resolution

  • What is mediation and how does it work?
  • Different mediation models.
  • Where is mediation used, what disputes are suitable to mediate?
  • Students as mediators.

2:04Land Mines and Guns

  • Production of land mines and guns: designs, numbers, countries, enterprises, money, trade.
  • Removal of land mines, restriction on ownership of guns.
  • Physical effects of land mines and guns.
  • Victims of landmines, prevention.

2:05First Aid

  • First Aid - accidents, bleeding, wounds, vital organs.
  • Ambulance service.

2:06Democracy

  • Democracy, strengths and weaknesses.
  • Other political systems.

2:07A Kindness Day and One Daily Action of Random Kindness

  • Life Skills.
  • Goal Setting.
  • Empathy.
  • Appreciation.
  • Leadership - How to inspire others.

2:08Multiculturalism

  • What is multiculturalism?
  • Tolerance and Curiosity.

2:09Children in War

  • Children living in war areas.
  • Children as war soldiers.
  • Desensibilisation; Psychology in training to kill and to destroy.
  • PTSD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
  • Taboos that exist in our society.

2:10The Rights of the Child

  • United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, 1989.
  • "Promise each bud its full bloom" - Meaning?
  • Children are the future of all nations. So why do we abuse them?

2:11Contact Day

  • Global Interconnectiveness and Interdependence.
  • The increasingly importance for youth and schools of today to link together, learning about each others cultures and understanding them. School-Twinning, Partner-Schools, Schools-Networking for Global Security.
  • Telecommunications.

2:12Community Service

  • Schools and Community in cooperation.
  • Why do community service? What can I do? How do I do it?
  • Who are the people in need?

2:13Women's Day

  • Women, halfpart the humanity, role for life.
  • Equality issues in society.
  • Law and religious beliefs and women's rights.
  • Why not a "Day for Men"?

2:14Handicapped People in Society

  • People with physical and mental handicaps.
  • Our attitudes and behaviour towards handicapped people; Influenced by knowledge and encounter.
  • Communities, organisations, transport systems, work places and institutions response to the special needs of handicapped.
  • National and international legislation concerning handicapped people in society.

2:15Anti-Harassment Program

  • Harassment - Bullying; What does it mean?
  • Research findings on extent and reasons for bullying.
  • Successful programs to prevent bullying.
  • Self Esteem programs.
  • Teacher training on how to handle the problem.

2:16Fair Trade

  • A product for sale. The process from raw materials via production, refinement and ultimately for trading.
  • What is and what is not included in the price?
  • Economy and Currencies.
  • Regional and international trade.

2:17My Family

  • The Family structure and its present and future role in my society, and its role in other cultures.
  • Is the Family important? Why?
  • Social networks.
  • Family legislation.
  • Family rights and responsibilities.
  • Family conflicts and violence patterns, conflict resolution patterns.

2:18Poverty and Wealth

  • Different dimensions of poverty and wealth: Spiritual, Social, Practical Skills, Materialistic - property, money.
  • Homelessness.
  • Causes of poverty and wealth.
  • Ethics and legislation in my society/culture.
  • Level of "minimal existence" and level of "affluence".

Care for Nature

3:01SOS - Switch Off Something; Energy Resources and Sustainability

  • Most of energy resources that we use today are non-renewable.
  • Energy forms, demands and sources.
  • Using these sources ruthlessly we seem to forget the impact that our behaviour has on the lives of future generations. Students and schools can influence to use valuable and precious resources of nature carefully.
  • This Action proposal comes close to the R-R-R action and the Transportation action!

3:02I.D.E.A.S - International Day of Environmental Action and Service

  • The aim of this day is to unite schools and link their actions globally so that we respond together in a common concern.
  • This project was set up by an English school to encourage contacts with other schools.
  • This action can be a part of the Clean Up the World action (3:03). If you run IDEAS in September as a part of the Clean Up the World action, just report your results to Newport Free Grammar School.

3:03Clean Up the World Campaign

  • Pollution! Why?
  • Clean Up The World Campaign, initiated in Sydney, then covering Australia, today encompassing the World.

3:04Endangered Animals and Plants - Biodiversity

  • Ecology, Biology, and Ornithology.
  • Endangered animals, their way of living, their habitats and how we can protect them and study their behaviour.

3:05Passing the Message R-R-R: Reduce- Reuse- Recycle

  • Earths limited natural and biological resources.
  • "Waste", definition.
  • Positive environmental impact of R-R-R and what I / We can do to help.
  • The R-R-R action goes well together with some other actions like Transports At and Around Our School (3:09), SOS (3:01), IDEAS (3:02), Clean Up the World (3:03), Water For Life (3:08).

3:06Tree Planting Action

  • Deserts across the world are increasing due to human use/misuse of earth and flora.
  • The fundamental importance of trees and other flora for life on Earth.

3:07Dramas - Art - Music - Writing - Poetry, about the Environment

  • The environment is at risk and many people are not aware of the problems. What are the problems with the environment today?
  • Different strategies to convey a message.

3:08Water for Life

  • Water is a limited and a non-renewable "resource" on Earth.
  • Water is an indispensable constituent for Life.
  • Water connects people and states through rivers, seas and oceans.
  • Demands for water causes serious conflicts between neighbouring states.
  • An ethics in favour of "Caring and Sharing of the Earth's Water" must have highest priority for individuals' behaviour as well as collective undertakings.

3:09Transports At and Around Our School

  • Modern society is highly dependent on efficient transportation means for people and goods.
  • Transportation systems demand energy consumption.
  • Community policy on transportation.
  • Efficient and earth-friendly transportation systems.

3:10Green School Garden

  • Garden cultivation. Plant, vegetable and flower growth requirements.
  • Insects and microorganisms in a green garden.
  • Fertilisers and pesticides, necessary or hazardous parts of a green garden?
  • Influence of a green environment on human health and wellbeing.

3:11Chemicals and Nature

  • Manmade chemicals and their effects on nature.
  • Heavy metals, elements and nature.
  • Global warming.
  • Ozone layer depletion.

3:12Bushfire and Forest Fire Prevention

  • Destructive power of fire.
  • How fires start? How can fires be prevented?
  • What about forest fires being beneficial for growth of certain flora?

3:13UNESCO World Heritage Programme

  • How and what to learn from Natural sites and Cultural monuments.
  • Criteria to become a UNESCO World Heritage (UWH).
  • What is Knowledge.
  • Taboos in connection with cultural values.
  • Biodiversity - Sustainability.

3:14Biodiversity - Agenda 21

  • International agreements on sustainability.
  • National and community commitments.

3:15Contact with Nature

  • Man is part of the biosphere.
  • Concepts of Empathy, Sympathy, Reverence.
  • Theories of biological creation.
  • Society in closer contact with nature.

Let's Get Organised!

4:01Hope and Joy: Jumpstart Hurray - Let's Do It!

  • Importance of positive and negative expectations in relation to inspiration, energy, vitality and even survival; Placebo effect, Nocebo effect, the Woodoo phenomenon.
  • To engage and act for a better future create Hope and Joy.

4:02Party for the World - Creating Public Awareness

  • Solidarity between schools worldwide.
  • Fundraising.

4:03"What's up" - E-mail and Website Reporting

  • As communication is increasing between the different parts of the world, Life-Link schools can keep close contact with each other.
  • Share ideas, experiences, plans of actions, and 2000+ projects. Information quickly and conveniently.
  • Use the Internet - the super highway of communication.
  • The fact that we are all dealing with the same problems and solutions could be emphasised.
  • News that are told by the person, student, teacher, who has actually experienced the situation are far more effective than ordinary newspaper articles.

4:04Fundraising, Dances and Services

  • Fundraising is often a necessary part of project management.
  • The particular theoretical part will vary with the issue at hand.

4:05Teamwork Through Games and Challenges

  • Challenges.
  • Team-building activities through games and obstacles allow group and personal growth as groups must overcome certain obstacles together in a fun, non-competitive setting.
  • Groups learn the importance of both leadership and following, working together, imagination, responsibility, reaching beyond their comfort zones, and building trust.

4:06Project Management

  • To work for a better future, aiming for a change, includes: Facts-Knowledge, Motivation- Emotion, Some Resources including Fundraising, and Planning - Project Management!

4:07Eco Club

  • Why set up an Ecological Club?

4:08Festival of Music and Poems

  • Music and Poems - the influence on our behaviour.

4:09Media Project

  • What is Media? (School's newsletter or year report, Local media, National media, Global media, Internet).
  • How is it used? International news agencies.

4:10The New Millennium

  • The theory behind opinion making.
  • The momentum and expectations leaving the 20th Century, entering a new Millennium.
  • What does year "2000" represent in different cultures?

4:11Life-Link - Forthcoming Actions and Agenda at Our School

  • Life-Link organisation, its purpose, its vision.
  • Campaign: Youth Caring and Sharing Peace Actions at Schools Worldwide Year 2000 and 2000+.

4:12Model Parliament - Students School Council

  • Democracy and parliament.

4:13United Nations and Intergovernmental Organisations

  • The role of Intergovernmental Organisations in an interdependent world.
  • United Nations - role, structure, advantages, weaknesses.
  • Other influential Intergovernmental Organisations.
  • Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and roles.

4:14Economy and Financing

  • Economy - basic concepts.
  • Economy in political systems.
  • Taxation systems.
  • Banks in society.
  • Stock markets.

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