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EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

Lessons are best learnt when there is relevance and currency. Halogen Foundation has embarked on developing a series of lesson packages that hinges on recent happenings and contemporary issues that young people may be acquainted with. Through these lesson packages, we hope to:

  • Explore issues from multiple angles and perspectives, building critical and analytical thinking in our students
  • Discuss individual and community values to help youth envision the kind of person they want to grow up to be
  • Encourage practical positive response by exploring actionable ideas and insights

These lesson packages are designed as downloadable presentation slides and an accompanying teacher’s guide. The slides include embedded videos, contemporary examples and discussion and reflection questions. The lesson packages provide more context and content to help teachers prepare for these lessons. Explore these packages below!

These educational resources by Halogen Foundation can be used for free in an educational or home setting, but not for commercial purposes.
You do not need to seek permission from Halogen Foundation to use them, though out of courtesy, a credit/acknowledgement is appreciated.

LESSON PACKAGE SEVEN: WELL-BEING DURING CIRCUIT BREAKER

Image Source: The Straits Times

On 3 April 2020, PM Lee announced a series of “circuit breaker” measures aimed at stemming the spread of COVID-19 locally. From 7 April to 4 May, the measures will be in place, restricting movement and tightening social distancing measures. These measures have an impact on our families, friends & communities, work, school and personal lives.

On 21 April 2020, the circuit breaker period was extended for another month, ending on 1 June 2020. That also came along with tighter measures on social distancing at malls and markets, as well as trimming of essential services, leaving some lamenting their source of comfort items like bubble tea and cake.

It is indeed challenging to be staying home for 2 months with very limited social contact with friends and family members outside of the households, and not being able to engage in activities that used to be a routine e.g. playing team sports, going to the cinema etc. In the face of all these challenges, it is ever more important to take care of our personal well-being. Only when we are fit and healthy can we be a better support to our friends and family during this trying period.

KEY LEARNING POINTS

  • Recognize the toll of circuit breaker and social distancing measures on our personal well-being
  • Understand the different aspects that contribute to personal well-being
  • Set action steps to take care of self, so that we can be in a better place to take care of those around us as well

LESSON PACKAGE SIX: CHALLENGES OF ISOLATION

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A week into Circuit Breaker, the novelty of working from home and home-based learning are wearing off for many. What used to be fun and interesting – playing with technology, sleeping in, experimenting in the kitchen and having ample time for dramas and games, now seem boring and repetitive.

The circuit breaker measures bring along multiple challenges, one of which are the challenges of staying in isolation. Without physical gatherings among friends and family, what changes does it bring to our personal, social and home lives? While we are physically isolated, how can we keep ourselves socially connected?

KEY LEARNING POINTS

  • Understand the rationale for social distancing and the elevated measures as the day passes
  • Explore the impact and challenges of isolation
  • Look for opportunities to reconnect meaningfully with family and friends, connecting and looking out for one another despite the physical distancing

LESSON PACKAGE FIVE: TRANSITIONING INTO CIRCUIT BREAKER MEASURES

Image Source: ST Photo - Ong Wee Jin

On 3 April 2020, PM Lee announced a series of ”circuit breaker” measures aimed at stemming the spread of COVID-19 locally. The measures will be in place from 7 April to 4 May, restricting movement and tightening social distancing measures. These measures has impact on our families, friends & communities, work, school and personal lives.

Of the many transitions we have to make as a population as we embark on the circuit breaker measures, one pertinent change is spending a lot more time as a family at home. Parents and elder siblings might be working from home, schooling children are doing their Home-based Learning (HBL), even the recruits in Basic Military Training (BMT) are sent home. All members of the family are to stay home, except to buy food/ essentials, to seek urgent medical care or to exercise. Suddenly, with everyone at home, how we do transition into this month as a family?

KEY LEARNING POINTS

  • Understand the context and rationale for circuit breaker measures
  • Explore the impact on family life and family dynamics
  • Look for opportunities to reconnect meaningfully with family, and to see personal responsibilities in being a responsible and contributing member of the family

LESSON PACKAGE FOUR: SUPPORTING COMMUNITIES AFFECTED BY COVID-19

Image Source: SCMP - This Week In Asia

The COVID-19 pandemic and the accompanying public health measures has caused immense disruptions to the daily lives of people worldwide, affecting economic, social, familial and personal lives. Even so, there are certain communities of people who are harder hit than others.

For those of us who have managed to cope well in today’s climate and are able to take good care of ourselves and our loved ones, how can we start looking out for those around us – to support them in navigating through this crisis, to be a source of emotional and social support, to tangibly provide the necessary support? All these so that we do not forget those who need help so that we can get through this pandemic together.

KEY LEARNING POINTS

  • COVID-19 has a widespread impact on society, economy, livelihoods, and families.
  • Explore the impact of COVID-19 and its accompanying public measures on the various groups of people in Singapore.
  • Look for opportunities to look out for one another, and if we can, to offer help and support to those around us. 

LESSON PACKAGE THREE: TRIVIALISATION OF COVID-19

Image Source: Today Online

The COVID-19 pandemic has escalated rapidly, infecting and taking many lives. People are being quarantined, hospitals are prioritising admission & treatment of patients and countries are closing borders and restricting citizen’s movement – with the intent to reduce its spread and impact on all aspects of society.

Yet, not everyone is taking COVID-19 seriously. Worldwide, we see people breaching quarantine/ lockdown orders, people still travelling and gathering in large groups. On social media, irresponsible messages and acts of mischief are also going viral, generating more fear and confusion. COVID-19 is causing serious disruption at all levels of society, from personal lives to global networks. How can we exercise personal responsibility over the precautionary measures and the messages we put out for those in our networks?

KEY LEARNING POINTS

  • COVID-19 is a serious issue.
  • See the impact of our words and actions – when we trivialise matters, it might be insensitive, inappropriate. As a result, we influence others to trivialise it too, undoing the disease control interventions taken nationwide and worldwide.
  • Take personal responsibility over our own social distancing/health and over the messages we spread to others.

LESSON PACKAGE TWO: XENOPHOBIA

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The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak in Singapore has presented a global health crisis that compels us as a community to band together and do our part to fight the virus as one people. 

In response to the COVID-19, we witness instances of xenophobia overseas as well as in our community – displays of xenophobia, xenophobic posts and comments. Xenophobia has always existed. How did COVID-19 trigger xenophobic responses? Why did that happen and what can we as individuals do in this time? 

KEY LEARNING POINTS

  • Xenophobia is in part a consequence of misunderstanding and misplaced assumptions
  • Situations like COVID-19 knows no nationality and race – we are more similar than we would like to think
  • Combat misunderstandings with facts and compassion, regardless of race, language, religion and nation

LESSON PACKAGE ONE: PANIC BUYING

Image Source: The Straits Times

The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak in Singapore has presented a global health crisis that compels us as a community to band together and do our part to fight the virus as one people. 

In response to the COVID-19, we witness instances of panic buying in our community – surgical masks, groceries and other essentials were emptied off the shelves. What were the events leading up to the panic buying situation, why did that happen and what we can as individuals do in this time? 

KEY LEARNING POINTS

  • Understand and analyse the context of situations we observe around us
  • How can we lead positively in situations like this to be the voice of reason and assurance for those around us?
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