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Future hopes!

Learning about the future will give children hope!

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

TEACH THE FUTURE Learning about the future will give children hope! Education is there to help kids prepare for their future. We should therefore teach them about this future. This is difficult because the future doesn’t exist yet. But by understanding that the world of today won’t look the same as the world of tomorrow, that change is inevitable and that we can influence this change ourselves, creates hope. In the case of children who have been forced to flee their homes, usually they are paralyzed in a state of psychological trauma from this experience. Developing a sense of hope for their future can help them to come out of paralysis and plan for a different life for themselves in the future. CHANCE ON A BETTER FUTURE It is hard to move past a trauma or conflict. It takes a lot of courage and resilience to overcome this. It requires positive energy, hope and confidence, and asks for a bright vision towards the future. By teaching kids to cope with uncertainty, by helping kids envision a new future and by giving kids tools for action, we will give them a chance for a better future.

WHO BENEFITS?

Teach the Future is an international initiative for kids & teachers all over the world. We believe confronting uncertainties, understanding change and thinking about the future is an important starting point in every child’s education. Depending on the context and culture children will grasp different outcomes, all worthy to help improve their own future and that of the world.

PROTOTYPE

1. We have some great starting ideas on specific tools for refugee situations (no classroom needed, local (waste) materials used, and easy to explain to local teachers and/or parents). We would like to develop them further. 2. We would like to take them into the field and work with children in refugee camps and/or trauma situations to test them (we have some partners that are eager to be part of a trial case). For example: Week 1: (re) develop starting workshops / tools (for example: confronting, finding, creating, planning) > home Week 2: collect some extra insights > field Week 3: rearrange the workshops / tools including the new insights at location > field Week 4: give the workshops and collect feedback for further development > field We have already tested some workshops developed for regular classroom situations. The example added is a future scenario from kids from Earth University, Costa Rica

FEEDBACK

When we explain our idea the common reaction is ‘Of course’ and ‘Why don’t we do this already’. Probably because there is no future yet, which can make it difficult to educate. But we believe there is a way, which inspired us to continue. In our research phase we started exploring how to teach the future in such a way that it helps children to deal with this future. It is not about established facts, it is not about a specific topic, it is not about the outcomes, it is about dealing with life. We see it as a holistic approach to explain change, uncertainty and the future as well as inner growth, reflection, communication, self empowerment, and understanding and respecting each other. All to create awareness and hope. Learning about the future is not a stand-alone topic, it is part of the skills we need to live our lives.

SKILL SHARE (optional)

We are looking for partners that would like to help us bring this initiative to a next level. There is a small team dedicating their free time to develop, design, test and promote the idea. To bring it into the world, especially in situations where it is needed most, we are looking for partners that would like to fund and/or cooperate to help us grow.

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF

My name is Erica, and I’d like to contribute to a sustainable future. I love setting up and/or helping to realize concious innovation projects. I work together with Peter Bishop who initiated this initiatief.

IS THIS AN IDEA THAT YOU OR YOUR ORGANIZATION WOULD LIKE TO TAKE FORWARD?

  • Yes, and I am looking for a partner working with refugee communities to implement this idea.

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