In an ever-changing world, reduced by the pandemic, globalisation and 24 hour media, the words of Marian Wright Edelman ring true: ‘Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world, better than you found it.’
Lionheart's Director of Curriculum, Alex Petrie, explains how the global curriculum came about in her blog.
We want to encourage our students - across all of our Leicestershire schools - to be hopeful, to be upstanders and to channel their passion and energy in the fight against injustice to make positive change for the future.
We pledge to support this aim by teaching our students:
As we teach, read about and discuss these global issues, we signpost students towards organisations which they can support through further action, however, our intention is to help students understand, pick up empathy, become active champions and ultimately allies for life for vulnerable groups and causes.
So far, our curriculum has included:
With plans to next focus on:
Our students have a voice and want people to know that #ItMattersToUs
Whilst learning about the global refugee crisis, student support was overwhelmingly passionate, with thoughtful and heartfelt messages produced by students across all age groups. In response, we took the decision to display their messages on two Leicester billboards, so that the community in which we live - and hopefully beyond - could also hear their voice.
Billboard displays will be live from 12th - 25th February 2022 in Oadby's Asda car park and at the junction of Melton Road/Moira Street.
As a further demonstration of students' solidarity and support for refugees, Lionheart students undertook a powerful silent vigil at their respective schools.