Many young people across the world grow up with 'local lives', rarely coming into contact with people from outside their identity groups. When young people learn through a global lens it widens their horizons and helps them to grow as individuals.

Working together cultivates a sense of belonging and helps young people to open up to new ideas, accept new norms and embrace new ways of seeing the world. This series of thought provoking Global Thinking Talks and Workshops support PSHE and SMSC learning objectives and are a great introduction or deepening to the ThoughtBox curriculum.

Each of our talks and workshops is bespoke to compliment and support the needs and focus of your particular school.
 

What will pupils learn?

  • To open the box on global issues and develop interest in their own learning and responsibilities as global citizens

  • To use creativity, teamwork and imagination to solve challenges and make connections with their community

  • To walk in the shoes of others, think critically and explore individual and collective values

  • To feel confident expressing opinions and exploring difficult questions

 

Talk & Workshop Details

Talk/Workshop Duration: 1 hour/Half or Full day
Format: Interactive talks / Team challenges and group activities for Global learning
Group Size: 10-200 students
Relevant Ages: 10-18 years (KS3-5)
Facilitator: ThoughtBox Teachers (15yrs+ experience in the classroom)
COST: £250 for interactive talks, £700-£1000 for student workshops

 
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GLOBAL THINKING INTERACTIVE TALKS

Growing up in the 21st Century is tough, and our young people are not only navigating the angst of adolescence, but are also having to understand themselves in the face of an ever-changing world.

Our interactive talk called Who Am I? allows students to explore the concept of their own identity in the world – understanding how identities are both consciously and unconsciously shaped by the environments around them.

Our culture is crucial in shaping not just how we are but the way we are in the world, with many of our values and beliefs coming from the cultures in which we are immersed.

Our interactive talk on Global Cultures opens the box on cultural identity, exploring some of the ways that culture is embedded into our daily lives whilst challenging some of the cultural stereotypes that exist by turning them inside out, helping students to develop a stronger sense of identity and connection as global citizens of the world.

 
 

Knowing what lies ahead is ever-more difficult in our current global environment and there are many challenges that young people are facing as they grow. Having a strong provision of life-skills helps students to navigate their way into the future feeling confident and resilient in their approach.

Our interactive talk Becoming Me allows students to start preparing for the journey ahead, as they contemplate their futures in the big wide world

GLOBAL THINKING WORKSHOPS

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Becoming Me

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

Growing up in the 21st Century is tough, and our young people are not only navigating the angst of adolescence, but are also having to understand themselves in the face of an ever-changing world.

Becoming Me allows students to explore the concept of their own identity – firstly understanding how identities are both consciously and unconsciously shaped by the world around them and then starting to prepare for the journey ahead, as they navigate their futures in the big wide world.

Using a unique board-game called Becoming Me, this interactive workshop allows students to work in teams, playing the game to practise key skills of critical thinking, empathy building and connected learning by engaging in a range of challenges exploring their future selves.

 
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Need Or Greed?

The world doesn't belong to us, we belong to it.

Need or Greed? immerses students into the world of consumption by challenging them to consider the choices we are being asked to make when it comes to what we buy and what we do with our ‘stuff’ when we no longer want it.

By engaging in a series of challenges and discussions focused on the food and textile industry -as well as taking a peek into our rubbish habits - this interactive workshop will ask students to start questioning their own habits, engage with the effects of their actions on other people and understand the differences between need and greed.

 
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Connecting the Dots

We are all co-creators of the world in which we live.

Understanding some of the challenges that we are facing in our current societies begins by joining the dots on how these issues are all connected. Connecting the Dots will invite students to explore some of the biggest challenges we are facing today, such as immigration, homelessness and climate change, turning the issues inside out to find out what is really going on.

By engaging in a series of challenges and discussions, this interactive workshop will ask students to start questioning the links between passports and politics, homelessness and climate change and economics and emotional health.

 

CURRICULUM EXTENSION TALKS

immigration talk

Where do we all belong?

Understanding some of the choices (or lack of) that people have to make when leaving their home is just one step in engaging more empathically with the global refugee crisis.

This one hour talk opens the box on what it means to be a refugee, exploring some of the causes of mass migration and how we are being influenced in our responses and reactions to immigration and refugees.

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Is our help actually helpful?

Although volunteering overseas is a popular activity for young people, have you ever stopped to question the impact of our actions? Is volunteering always a good thing to do, especially when working as an unskilled volunteer in a different country and culture?

This one hour interactive talk opens the box on volunteer travel, exploring some of the positive and negative ripple effects of volunteering and encouraging students to question the choices they make before they make them.

Waste talk

Where shall we put all this stuff?

Have you ever wondered what happens to your 'stuff' when you throw it away? Because there is no such place as 'away'...

This one-hour interactive talk opens the box on our wasteful habits, exploring the untold stories and lives involved in dealing with our rubbish as well as the social and environmental cost of our rubbish.