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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!

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?