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Challenge Day

working toward schools (and a world) without bullying, violence, or other forms of oppression

 

Once upon a time, school was universally seen as the "safe" place to be. It was where learning happened, where friends were made, where adults modeled positive grown-up behavior, where kids could hang out when home was, shall we say, challenging. Some of that still happens at school. But a lot of other stuff that's not so great also happens there.

In fact, these days, significant numbers of kids drop out of school because it's not a safe place to be. Drugs, bullying, guns, knives, bomb threats, teasing, cyber-stalking, cellphone tag, texting intimidation, and more. Schools mirror what's going on in the larger world. You name it, it happens. And it's not so great.

Enter the day-long awareness-raising program Challenge Day. It's a designed to "build connection and empathy," to fulfill a vision "where every child lives in a world where they feel safe, loved, and celebrated." By exploring issues of diversity, language, empathy, and compassion, it encourages participants to manifest Gandhi's call to "be the change" the world needs in order to stem violence and prejudice in themselves, their friends, schools, neighborhoods, and communities.

The best way to get a sense of what the program is about, how it works, and the impact it can have is to see it in action. That's where the Challenge Day website can help; it contains lots of video clips and other resources.

Think big and consider where this program might fit into your world: school, workplace, community groups. Getting a handle on bullying and bias is an excellent goal, no matter what the forum.

Now, isn't it time you got on board?

 

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