IB Activism Workshop with Deborah
When we realised that Deborah is a committed activist as well as a writer, we decided to utilise her skills and develop the idea that we all have an inner activist when it comes to the issues that matter to us. Deborah gave a talk to the students in years 11, 12 and 13 about the issues that she has campaigned on, the ways that she has taken action over the years, about what it takes to be an activist and why she is so driven to do the work she does. It is fair to say that the audience were both captivated and inspired - we were very proud of the perceptive questions students asked Deborah and the respectful way they interacted with her.
After the talk, the students worked in small groups choosing issues that matter to them and thinking of the practical ways they could go about taking action. Ideas were very varied and it was wonderful to learn a little more about things that matter to our students. We came away from the day with a renewed sense of pride in our IB students and we hope that they have a real sense of ways that they can be the change they want to see in the world.
Thank you, Deborah Ellis, for inspiring us!
‘The speech about activism from yesterday was really interesting and caught my attention the entire time. Personally, I have many complaints about the world today and beliefs that I think will make this world a better place, but I have never been to protests and have never taken any steps toward reaching that goal of mine. The stories and experience the author shared with us are all very valuable and could assist us in making decisions in the future. I agree that we should do our homework before going out there to demonstrate and we should also consider other people's opinions so we do not ignore them and force our beliefs on them.
Her last tip about activism is to be always ready to face the consequences and that applies not only in activism but in everything we do.’ Daniel T.
‘The workshop on activism was very enlightening. Deborah Ellis has inspired me to delve deeper into activism and carry out more activities to help our community.’ Jigmisha J.