ABCD. Acceptance Belonging, Connectedness, through Discovery
The Acceptance, Belonging, Connectedness through Discovery (ABCD) course is designed to facilitate intercultural understanding through experiential and discovery learning activities. The course enables students to explore their experiences and the challenges they face in a safe and supportive forum, so they develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to navigate their way in the world. The program provides opportunities for students to see that feelings of alienation can be transformed through effective actions.
The ABCD course has five programs, all of which can be tailored to individual school needs:
– Co ED (NSW) This program is for co educational settings where male and female students explore the concepts of belonging, connectedness and diversity. Through a variety of learning activities like open discussion, hands on experiences and storytelling students learn about intercultural understanding.
– BRO Belonging, Respect, Ownership. (NSW) This program is for male high school students to explore how people with different identities can still experience a sense of belonging. Through a series of 1 hour learning experiences students are challenged to explore how culture, prejudice, conflict and justice shape identity and how effective action can facilitate connectedness.
– BBB Believe, Belong and Blossom. (NSW) This program is for female high school students from diverse backgrounds. In a series of sessions, supported by female community mentors, students are led on a journey towards believing in themselves, feeling a sense of belonging to a community and blossoming as they realise their potential. This is done in a safe, supportive and engaging environment.
– CCC Collaborate, Challenge, Connect. (Qld) This community centred program has three components. These are: establishing relationships with community organisations, facilitating workshops with teachers and students in a school cluster (primary or secondary), and bringing together students (selected from the school cluster) with parents and community elders for a full day leadership training program.
– RAP Respect Authenticity Presence. (NSW) This student leadership program is new in 2020. The program, based around the concept of ethical leadership, discusses the character traits of responsibility, authenticity and presence in a fun and engaging way. By unpacking each of these character traits high school students learn the skills to become agents of positive transformation in their schools and the wider community. If the school has any existing frameworks or student leadership expectations this is incorporated into our RAP program.
Interschool Programs (Primary and secondary)
Students from two or three schools with diverse backgrounds come together for three to four full day sessions per year and get to know each other through dialogue and team building activities.
Intercultural Understanding Partnerships – ICUP
In 2020 and 2021, schools (in NSW, Qld, Vic and SA) may apply to TFH for grants of up to $15,000 to implement school-based and designed action. The grants support a whole school approach to increase students’ ICU and engagement, and to reduce feelings of discrimination and alienation. Click here for more information.
We also offer a number of presentations for primary and secondary schools including Studies of Religion sessions. Please contact us for further information and availability.
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