My Future (Education)

Notes: 
Materials: 

None

Time Required: 
One Hour
Objective: 
  • Explore the advantages of continuing education
  • Discuss some of the skills we can learn through education
Instructions: 

Introduction

During this session, participants will learn about the different ways that education (formal and informal education) can help them live happily and successful lives and take care of themselves and their communities. 

Instructions - Game

  1. Players must get into groups of 2. Everyone starts as an egg in this game. Each group of 2 must play a game of Rock/Paper/Scissors (see instructions below). 
  2. The winner of the game within the team of 2 turns into a chicken and the loser stays an egg. Each player must do the body movements associated with his/her stage.

  3. The chickens must find other chickens and eggs must find other eggs until everyone is again paired in new teams of two.

  4. The new teams play again. The winners evolve to the next stage and the losers go down one stage.

  5. Once a superhero beats another superhero, they must play the coach. If they beat the coach, the game ends. If they do not, they must find another superhero to play and win before being able to play the coach again. 

Rock, Paper, Scissors is a game for two players typically played using the players' hands.

  • The two players each make a fist with one hand and hold the other open, palm upward.
  • Together, they tap their fists in their open palms once, twice, and on the third time form one of three items: a rock (by keeping the hand in a fist), a sheet of paper (by holding the hand flat, palm down), or a pair of scissors (by extending the first two fingers and holding them apart).
  • The winner of that round depends on the items formed. If the same item is formed, it's a tie.
  • If a rock and scissors are formed, the rock wins, because a rock can smash scissors.
  • If scissors and paper are formed, the scissors win, because scissors can cut paper.
  • If paper and a rock are formed, the paper wins, because a sheet of paper can cover a rock

 

Stages and Body Movements

Egg – squat down on the floor and walk in the squat.

Chicken – stand upright and flap your “wings” like a chicken.

Dinosaur – use your arms to make a big dinosaur mouth, moving them up and down.

Superhero – put one arm up like you’re flying away

Discussion Questions: 

DiscussionGame

  • How did you evolve during the game?
    • Answer: We went from egg, to chicken, to dinosaur, to superhero.
  • How did it feel to evolve and get to a higher stage?
  • What are some things in our lives that make us feel this way?
    • Example: Getting better at sport skills and becoming a better athlete.
    • Example: Learning new ways to help my parents around the house and getting more responsibilities around helping my family.
    • Example: Going from primary to lower secondary and then high secondary school.
  • What are some of the types of skills we can learn in school and through our studies?
    • Example: Learn to read, write, maths, history, geography, science, languages, to work with others, discipline, Learn technical skills like farming or teaching.
  • What are the different types of education that are available?
    • Example: Primary school, secondary school, University (higher education), Technical schools (a school that trains you for a specific career, trade or profession), Informal education (programmes that are not part of schools or the education system).
  • Ask the girls what their goals for their own education are? Ask those who want to share to raise their hands. If no one raises her hand to share, share a personal story about your own education and then invite others to share.
  • What are some advantages of continuing our studies?
    • Example: Learning skills and developing our personal qualities through studies can help us get a job when we grow up with a company or the government, take better care of our families, start our own businesses.
    • Example: There is proof that people who have more education are healthier and can better provide for their families and run better households and that their children will also have more chance of going to school and being healthy.
  • What are the obstacles that sometimes keep us from continuing our studies?
    • Example: Not enough money to send all my brothers and sisters to school
    • I had to work to help support the family.
    • School is too far away and too dangerous to get to.
    • It wasn’t interesting and I wasn’t learning anything.
    • It is too expensive beyond secondary school, I don’t have the money to go onto university.
    • Getting married and having children.
    • Education is not relevant in my future.
    • I am not connected with the right people to make my education a success.
  • Are the obstacles different for boys and girls? If so, how and why?
    • Example: When boys grow up, our community tells them that they must be the ‘providers’ of the family and are pressured to take certain opportunities in education and work in order to earn more money.
    • Example: As girls grow up, communities sometimes don’t encourage them to keep going to school because they don’t think education is important for women, that it is not needed because they aren’t the main ‘providers’ for the family.
    • Example: Girls and boys are capable of achieving the same educational level if it interests them, just like boys and girls are capable of developing the same skills and qualities.
  • Can we think of any potential solutions to these obstacles? Are there any organisations or people in our community that could help us come up with solutions?
    • Example: Scholarships or organisations that support students to get back to school or get technical training, Village elders, Caregivers or other family members, Peers.