Whenever we talk to our kids about justice issues we can be positive, because there are so many ways we can help! Even though the topics can be heavy, we can make a difference, and that’s something to be excited about.
In the United States we have many options for education. Even here, not every opportunity is equal, nor every school district. Globally this is even truer. Many students, especially girls will never have the opportunity to attend school and better their lives. Opening up kids worldview of school is a great place to start. Once they understand that education is a gift that others don’t have so easily, families can begin making a difference beginning in their own schools and expanding locally and globally.
Equal Access to Education Discussion Starters:
Help your family go deeper:
What factors make acquiring education difficult for kids?
Child labor- some kids need to support their family instead of going to school
Access- some kids lack transportation or a close school to attend
Money- some areas lack resources to have school supplies, teachers, or safe buildings
Disabilities- some schools do not have resources to help students with disabilities
Gender- poverty forces some families to choose who to educate and they choose boys before girls (so girls can work, do chores, or watch siblings.)
Violence- war or conflict keep some kids at home instead of attending school safely
Hunger- can make learning difficult for students
Immigration- language and cultural assimilation can create challenges to learning
Are their schools in our area that have less than others?
After thinking about barriers, how do you feel about receiving free education through twelve grade?
#TalkJustice Summer Serve Play Groups! Come over to our Facebook Event Page to learn more. Invite friends! We will be exploring topics and making a difference in community, using a series of books donated to us from CitizenKid. Hosted by About Proximity (that’s me) and my Mom, a public school family advocate for two decades.
What have been your insights into equality and access in education?
#TalkJustice: Clean Water Last week we talked Hunger. Clean water is another great justice topic to start with for kids. They understand thirst. Beyond, thirst we can teach them that unclean water makes people sick. We can talk about water scarcity and how that affects everyone on the planet.
Whenever we talk to our kids about justice issues we can be positive, because there are so many ways we can help! Even though the topics can be heavy, we can make a difference, and that’s something to be excited about. Help your family go deeper:
Do we use more than our share of water?
Imagine using unclean water for laundry, showers, drinking, cleaning dishes.
What dangers might occur trying to transport clean water to your home? Might it make you vulnerable? Would you have time to attend school?
Without water could anything survive?
More and more people face water scarcity. How could that affect everyone on the planet?
If you had to walk thirty minutes to get clean water, how would you use water differently?
Introducing #TalkJustice Summer Serve Play Groups! Come over to our Facebook Event Page to learn more. We will be exploring topics and making a difference in community, using a series of books donated to us from CitizenKid. Hosted by About Proximity (that’s me) and my Mom, a public school family advocate for two decades.
I LOVE to hear from you! Did you try any hunger or clean water activities? What conversations came up in your family?
Hunger is something most kids will understand. Everyone can relate the feeling of a hungry tummy from time to time. We can broaden our kids understanding of true hunger by helping them learn about the people around the world that feel those tummy rumbles and don’t have access to a snack or meal like most of us do.
Help your family go deeper:
If you didn’t have dinner would it be hard to sleep that night?
If you didn’t have breakfast would you have trouble concentrating in school?
How would you feel if you didn’t have a lunch to bring to school?
If you had a week where there wasn’t much food at home, would you begin to feel worried about having enough?
Talk about root causes of hunger:
famine and floods
rising food costs
Help older children understand common misconceptions about hunger:
WIC in the United States helps with supplementing woman, infants and children, school lunch programs, school breakfast programs, and summer lunch programs.
Whenever we talk to our kids about justice issues we can be positive, because there are so many ways we can help! Even though the topics can be heavy, we can make a difference, and that’s something to be excited about!
It’s been a long winter hasn’t it? So long. I’m excited for spring and the new hope it brings to our hearts. I’m also so happy to begin a new series called Talk Justice!
My friend Amy Sullivan, writer of the amazing When More is not Enough, sparked thoughts about talking justice with our kids a few months ago when we were having a phone date. In the right context walking beside children and teaching them about justice issues from a young age, shapes them to be people who understand, empathize, serve, and love others.
I tried to put it off.
Then a little volume came to my mailbox to be reviewed. If you find this letter, by Hannah Brencher. She was featured in our Craft for a Cause Issuu magazine! As the founder of the World Needs More Love Letters, the book is a beautiful unfolding of her journey to crafting love letters to strangers and leaving them all over New York City. Her little dream grew into something so much bigger than herself, and millions have been touched by the love letter movement. Learn more at her website.
Hannah had this struggle I know well.
She longed for God to use her fully, but she didn’t feel good enough.
God used her anyway.
Do small things. On repeat. And think about other people. ~Hannah Brencher
That is what we are going to do each week.
I hope you will join me here on Mondays, for the next three months, to Talk Justice. Not just for ourselves, but for the generation we are raising up. They can handle proximity.
I’m really excited about so many things. (I’ll keep them a secret for now, but especially about Summer Serve Play Groups with the Citizen Kid Book Series given to About Proximity.)
Also, you are good enough. My love letter to you… I hope every time I write.