How committed are you to ensuring the rights of children in your classroom come alive each and every day? What social-emotional skills do students, teachers, and parents need to develop to make that happen?

EQ Children’s Day was created to support you in that effort.

The EQ Children’s Day initiative supports the goals United Nations Universal Children’s Day and the Universal Rights of Children — and volunteers in over 80 countries are sharing emotional intelligence skills in support of these goals.

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As an educator, you probably feel strongly about the rights of children… students in school, your own children, or maybe all children around the world. Many educators recognize that children around the world are still struggling to attain basic rights such as the right to an education or to their culture and religion, and that education is a key part of changing this. If you are like many educators I know, you feel a responsibility to support and sustain these rights for children, and the EQ Children’s Day campaign is a great way to get involved.

Below you’ll find six tips for using this event in your classroom and school, but first:

What is the EQ Children’s Day campaign?

The #EQChildrensDay initiative will take place from November 1, 2016 through November 20, 2016. During the UCD initiative, we will equip children and adults with critical skills around the themes of:

Video: EQ Children’s Day in 60 Seconds

Workshops for Your Classroom or Community

To help you get started, we’ve created three 50-minute workshops that you can use with your class or groups. These workshops provide you with ready-made slides and activities, fun and engaging for all ages. You can choose to do one, two, or all three workshops. Sign up here.

They can be done in your own classroom for your students, as an assembly for the whole school, or as a joint effort with parents. On the final day of the campaign, on November 20,  at 11:20 AM, wherever you are, students can post pictures of their event or some of their posters from the workshops. Here is one example from our colleague and her son in Italy.

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You will be able to share with your students the joy of participating in a universal, meaningful, hopeful, celebration of the rights of the child.

If you’d like to tell people in your school / community about the project, here is a folder with resources — including an introductory brochure, video, and posters.

Six suggestions educators to spread emotional intelligence and support the rights of children

Host a Workshop

Plan to deliver one, two, or three 50-minute workshops for EQ Children’s Day in your classroom. Invite parents and other adults to join in. All slides and activities provided – all you have to do is sign up (link). You will need to collect a few low cost items like markers, paper, maybe a flip chart. A projector helps, but is not necessary. It’s rewarding and fun to have students engaged in these workshops. Read more about the workshops / lessons here.

Have a Parade

As a follow up to each or any workshop, have a school parade, where each classroom or each student takes a universal Right of Children, makes a poster or banner, and marches with it around the school or community. Students can prepare explanations for their rights, skits, songs, etc. and present them at an assembly. Be creative!hands

Chart Rights & Responsibilities

As a follow up to Workshop 3 on EQ for the World, have students create their own Right and Responsibilities chart for the classroom. Students will negotiate with each other for the six most important rights and what responsibilities go along with them. A contest can be held to design a background for the chart. This can also be a whole school/community effort.

Here are a few examples that can help you get started…

The right to learn

The responsibility to work hard

The right to be heard

The responsibility to listen to others

The right to play

The responsibility not to harm others in my play

The right to be safe

The responsibility to talk with responsible people when I am not sure or feel unsafe

The right to be respected

The responsibility to respect myself and others

Focus on Rights

As a follow up to the entire event, a classroom or school can decide to focus on one of the Rights each week for the remainder of the school year. These would make a great topic for advisory groups or class meetings. Students could learn about these rights also in subject areas, connecting to social studies or history or language arts. Educators can provide opportunities for students to read about each of the rights and discuss whether,  in their own classroom or school, these rights are being supported each day in moment-to-moment interaction. Some of the Rights, such as the Right to express one’s opinion and have it taken into account, lend themselves especially well to this activity.

Here is a simplified summary of the rights in the United Nations Charter on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)

Brains for Problem Solving

As a follow up to Workshop # 2, EQ for Relationships, a classroom or school could decide to focus on the Brain Styles and focus discussion on the diversity of brain styles in the classroom. They could learn about their own brain styles and how valuable it is to have different brain styles to solve problems  and challenges together. The links for Brain Brief Profiles for your students, are in the Guide for Workshop 2: EQ for Relationships.

Rights as Service

Following Workshop # 3, EQ for our world, a classroom or school can decide to do a service learning project around one of the Rights of Children. For example, one class could decide to focus on the the UN Right of children: To enjoy their own culture, to practice their own religion and to use their own language. They may brainstorm and discuss ways to celebrate diversity in the school and share in each other’s culture with food and art and other activities.

 

An added gift:

EmoCards in Your Classroom

Read about and sign up for our weekly gift bag of resources, games, activities for you and your students.

And, as a bonus, from November 1-20, go to our download library, and you can download and present to your students a set of EmoCards, used in Workshop 1 – EQ for Self Awareness. Use these to continue to develop your students’ emotional literacy in a series of fun-filled games and activities.    

peaceful-emo-card-screenshotVolunteers have translated these cards to over 15 languages, and there is a set of fun-but-meaningful games students can play to learn more about emotions.

 

Please join us for this exciting celebration of Universal Children’s Day and be part of spreading emotional intelligence around the world.

For more information, here’s a summary of the #EQChildrensDay project 

Dr. Susan Stillman

Director of Education, Six Seconds' Global Office: With years of experience as an educational leader, scholar-practitioner, K-12 school counselor, and higher ed faculty, Susan brings a diverse background and set of skills to bear on her mission to build and sustain the Six Seconds' educational programs and to support Six Seconds' team members around the world, working to develop EQ in children, educators, families, schools, and communities.