- Suggested duration: 25 mins
- Technique used: Simulation
- Materials required: Handout (see below)
- Aim of activity: To encourage students to think about their values
- Underpinning components: UC 3.3
- Connection with other competences: Values; Decisiveness
Individuals read the handout and decide on a charity. They are paired with someone who chose a different charity and have to agree on ONE charity between them. They then join another pair who chose a different charity to them and try to agree on ONE charity to support.
In plenary discuss whether this was easy or not. What made it difficult?
We are driven by our values – sometimes even positive values conflict with each other.
Handout used in UK setting: Considering Your Values
Your school has a reputation for making small donations to a variety of good causes so when an elderly neighbour of the school passed away, she left a donation of £4,000 to the school with the condition that half should go to the school and half should go to a charity in order to make an impact.
The headteacher is aware that to make an impact, this sum should be paid to one charity.
All staff and pupils were invited to suggest their favourite ‘good cause’ and a number of suggestions were made.
The Head finds it impossible to choose from the top four preferred charities so you have been asked to make a decision because you have no personal connection with any of the listed charities.
The Head’s only guidance is that the school should be “seen in a good light among parents and the public” for making this donation.
Your task is to choose one charity from the list below and then rank the others in order of priority. Explain why the other charities were not selected.
- The local animal rescue centre – their urgent need for more animal housing has been highlighted in the paper recently.
- Oxfam – towards their recent, high profile appeal following a massive earthquake in Malawi.
- The local hospice – caring for terminally ill patients with a reputation for its special care of cancer patients.
- The NSPCC – for a specific campaign to help with the assessment, support and monitoring of children returning home from a period in care.