Seniors Years

Africa, The Journey
A Bond was Formed… One that has No Borders

StepsActivitiesResources

Seeing & Engaging

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Play the makeChange Music Video”

This empowering video introduces Hannah Taylor, who founded The Ladybug Foundation. Her cause was homelessness, but the point of this video is to demonstrate the ability of young people to make a difference, by stepping outside of their usual “comfort zones” to help others.

The “Make Change Music Video” is an artistic representation of Hannah’s journey and young students may not distinguish that from the reality of safety concerns of unsafe areas and approaching strangers, despite safety warnings from teachers. (5:00 mins)

Teachers should preview all video content before screening it for students. Consider classroom and community sensitivities and age-appropriateness.



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makeChange Poster Images

Download one of the Africa poster images with “Poster Notes” explaining the story behind the image.

How do the video and poster image make you feel? Make notes of what impacts you personally. Do you see things that you would like to help change?

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Select from these resources to build understanding:

Play the video, “Voices of Africa”

Witness the joy and pride of a community of people in a remote part of Senegal, who survive on one meal a day, struggle through drought and disease, where women carry the daily burdens of home, family and income, but who, in an inspiring story of hope, have found that education is the answer to lifting their people and their prospects. (11:20 mins)

Teachers should preview all video content before screening it for students. Consider classroom and community sensitivities and age-appropriateness.

Inquiring & Investigating

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Play the video, “Afrique 2007”. Young people in Canada can make a big difference in Africa!

This is the first of a two-part documentary series. In this half hour we meet the teachers, students, and parents of College Jeanne Sauve in Winnipeg. Inspired by humanitarian Stephen Lewis, these students start a four-year quest to learn about hunger, homelessness and poverty in MBour, Senegal, and to send aid and assistance. Their quest ends with a Grade 12 trip to MBour to see what change they have made. They learn how to overcome obstacles, raise awareness and fundraise in order to help stimulate an impoverished but always hopeful community in another continent. (22:00 mins)

Teachers should preview all video content before screening it for students. Consider classroom and community sensitivities and age-appropriateness.



Play the video, “Afrique, The Journey

This is the follow up to “Afrique 2007”. More than 60 parents, teachers and students travel to MBour, Senegal for the graduating class trip, to meet the people they have been helping for four years, see the change that has come from their efforts and capture the desperate optimism of a people determined to lift themselves and their community out of relentless poverty and hunger. (27:00 mins)

Teachers should preview all video content before screening it for students. Consider classroom and community sensitivities and age-appropriateness.

Reconsidering Personal Assumptions - Adapt this frame to reflect on subsequent knowledge related to poverty and social issues in Africa

Empowering – You Can Make a Difference!

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Empowerment and education go hand in hand. A student in Afrique, The Journey, said, “I can’t stop now. There is no way we can stop now.”

What do you feel strongly about? What change do you want to see in your school, community or world?

Play the video, “Make You Think – COLLIDE…

(10:39 mins)

Teachers should preview all video content before screening it for students. Consider classroom and community sensitivities and age-appropriateness.

“Will we be the ones to step up and do something about the needs of those around us? Will we be the ones to step up and COLLIDE?”
- Shauna Simmonds, MakeYouThinkTV

When we allow our own heart to see the needs of those around us… that is when things begin to change.

Making Change – Plan Your Project!

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Plan a project to help make change in Africa (or in your school, community, or elsewhere in the world!).

Use the "I can makeChange" Social Action Project Planning Charts to help with your planning.

If your project relates to global issues of social change, homelessness, hunger, poverty or street life…

  • access the great information and resources at The Ladybug Foundation website
  • as part of your action plan, find information about other organizations that work for social change such as: We Day/Free the Children, Duke of Edinburgh, The Everyday Activist: 365 Ways to Change the World and more!

World Issues – Action Initiatives provides a variety of sources that include books and websites that inform not only with facts, but also with action plans to makeChange.

Tell Us About Your Project and Your Success!

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Send Hannah an Action Update (attaching authorized photos, video and all!) and share with Hannah all the excitement of how you helped and made change. We will feature your school on our “Making Change with Hannah” web and Facebook page.

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Reflect with your students on all that you did and all that you helped. Re-emphasize that they proved that they can make a difference, now and in their futures!

“Thank you for making a difference and changing the world!”
Hugs and Ladybugs, Hannah

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