Planning for Action
When taking action students should be able to:
Choose an issue to take action on and explain why they have chosen it. Don’t jump straight into the action part – explore the issue in depth first.Identify actions on the chosen issue which will influence positive change.Work collaboratively in groups to plan the action and work with organisations working on the same issue where possible. Consider what they have learned about the chosen theme in planning their action.
Whatever action you choose, students should try to reach as many people as possible and to involve as much of the school community in order to have a greater impact. Along the way students should communicate their chosen actions in order to raise the profile and awareness of the issue.
When deciding on what meaningful actions to take, go through the following checklist:
- Is the action informed by relevant facts and real life stories?
- Is the action empowering? Did the action get other people involved?
- Did it explore an issue that was locally and globally connected?Is the action addressing a justice centred issue? Does the issue address a power imbalance or unfairness to people?Is it designed to achieve real change?
Use the WWGS Meaningful Action Planning Template in your classroom to help you plan out what you are going to do.
Here are some suggested actions you and your students could take – but remember, it’s not an exhaustive list. When brainstorming with your students on taking action, why not use the following list and ask the students to rank them to come up with a general consensus on the actions that will be taken.