Educators often contact WAVAW to ask us to visit classrooms to speak about oppression, violence, and social injustice. We feel that the creation of curriculum materials directly focused on these issues will help us to reach a larger number of youth. ‘Raise it Up’ will also enable us to widen the scope of the support we offer educators and assist them in integrating social justice into all aspects of their instruction. This resource comes at a time when The BC Ministry of Education and the Vancouver School Board are prioritizing teaching for social justice. As a community-based anti-violence organization working for positive social change, WAVAW is committed to helping schools and educators make this objective a reality. The content and activities in Raise It up connect many of the Ministry of Education’s Prescribed Learning Outcomes in a number of different courses at the secondary level, and has been produced with the needs of teachers and students in mind.
This resource is intended to support youth to locate power, privilege and oppression outside of themselves as systemic issues. In addition to understanding how those systemic issues affect them directly in how they are perceived by society, youth will learn how internalized beliefs can influence our actions and how these beliefs/behaviors have the potential to create violence.
The outcome we anticipate is that youth will be called into action! Whether they engage in social justice initiatives or intervene the next time they hear an oppressive comment or joke we know engaging with this curriculum will change them forever.
Raise It Up Learning Units
Part 1: Thinking about Social Justice
- Making Sense of Fairness
- Working on Language
- Why Should We Care?
- What Does it Take to Do Social Justice?
- Role Models: Who Has Come Before Us?
Part 2: How are ‘We’ Valued in the World?
- Sharing About Role Models
- ABC’s of Diversity
- Implications of Oppressive Language: Stereotyping
- Privilege and Oppression: Looking at Ourselves
- Valuing Ourselves: Symbol/Logo Homework
Part 3: Tracking the Root Causes of Violence
- Sharing Symbols and Logos
- Canada’s Legacy: The Impact of Colonization
- The City Game
- ‘We all Lose’ Game
Part 4: Socialization: How do ‘We’ Learn This Stuff?
- Who Teaches Us About Masculinity and Femininity?
- Checking Out the Media’s Impacts
- DVD: Killing Us Softly 4 or Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes
- How Does All This Lead to Violence?
Part 5: What Can ‘We’ Do Now?
- How to be an Ally
- Get Involved: From Critical Analysis to Upstander Action
- Make a Commitment to Yourself, Your Community, Your World
What teachers are saying:
It really brings to light a lot of issues and it’s important to implement that in our schools, we really need to teach kids how to treat each other…Some kids, they don’t really learn that at home, how you should treat other people and your society, your community and your school, just to talk about it and bring those issues out there. Tasha Atkinson, Windermere High School.
For more information and to get your free Raise It Up manual, please complete the Educator Application and email it to:
Coordinator of the Raise It Up Program | firstname.lastname@example.org
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