Education is a key component in the Charter for Compassion's mission. Our partners have developed a number of resources for all ages and a variety of teaching settings.From lesson plans to blogs – there is something for everyone of every age.
CFC Pakistan: Compassionate Schools Network This site for the network of schools in Pakistan and Jordan is a rich resource for teachers, administrators and parents. As the year progresses CSN will add video of teacher-training sessions, more complete lesson plans and a blog where educators can exchange ideas. There’s also a safe space for students in compassionate education program to meet online. Stage one is underway with children from Basalt, Colorado and two schools in Lahore, Pakistan.
Britain’s Mind with Heart works with teens and offers training for teachers. Don’t miss their wonderful series of teens talking with “the happiest man on earth” and social psychology experts on YouTube.
Startempathy.org is the best place to get started for educators, parents and children. It provides lesson plans, analysis of news, how-to’s, videos and active blogs. It’s the great new initiative of the people behind youth changemakers: Ashoka: Innovators for the Public.
Vancouver BC’s Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education presents a wealth of material for seekers of all ages. The fall marks the start of a new program “Educating the Heart” bringing mindfulness and compassion to youth all over the province.
The Dalai Lama Center works hand in glove with the Vancouver School Board which has a wide curriculum developed for compassion education. Vancouver’s programs include lesson plans for all class levels but they also emphasize the intergenerational aspect of compassion. Their work is a great model for communities starting out.
Seeds of Compassion in 2008 was the Seattle event which brought The Dalai Lama and the Charter for Compassion to Seattle – and the Compassionate City designation to the city as well. Its collection of education materials is still vital.
The Canadian group who initiated the Children’s Charter for Compassion offers activity books for the younger set.
The State of Washington has created a handbook for starting and nourishing a compassionate school. This material is mainly geared for teachers and others work with children who have experienced trauma.
The documentary The Bully Project provides viewing guides, for parents, teachers and students as well as a toolkit for using the film with special needs students. Don’t miss this important opportunity to open up discussion.
At the Kindness School in Seattle, students are putting kind thoughts in randomly selected library books. Learning about kindness is just as important about learning about math and reading. 'I didn't think kids were like this,' says one student. Watch this short video to learn more.
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