Monday, October 28, 2013

Going Pink at School: Let's do it!

Let me introduce an important subject: Seeing pink? October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
It was with these words I started my post September round down of the most-read posts . Remember?

So here I am writing a little post about Going Pink in School Education.

Education helps students and teachers not only protect their families, but also their own lives.

An opportunity to draw attention to our girls students. Girls are growing up faster and need to be aware that it is out there and early detection is the best cure and hope of getting through this awful thing.

But let remind you the leading cause of death for children under the age of 15:

In developing countries, over 100,000 children die each year due to poor diagnoses and lack of access to basic treatment options. If given the generic drugs and simple medical procedures so desperately needed it is estimated that more than half of them could be saved. Instead, survival rates stand at 20 percent.

Unfortunally, as educators, we all have known some children and young people who have or had cancer or often coexist with cancer because they have brothers or sisters, sometimes mothers or grandmothers suffering with this disease.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But, in my opinion, October should be expanded to all-cancer awareness months.

Schools can holding special programmes to educate students and teachers about how survival rates increases through early detection.

I think it would be important to introduce cancer awareness in school curriculum, not only in sciences curriculum.

I know several schools that involve young students to raise awareness about this disease.

“Education helps students and teachers not only protect their families, but also their own lives,” 

Some Activities:
  • Walk Pink
Host a pink walkathon at the Park of your city from 8am to 10am or from 1pm to 15pm;
  • Wear Pink
To aid efforts, in Arts curriculum students can designed T-shirts for the cause, ribbons, badges;
  • Buy Pink ribbon
Students are asked to buy pink ribbon bows and wear them to show their solidarity in school, on the street, at home;
  • Sport for Pink
Create sport activities for boys and girls in gymnasium or playground with a score;
  • Protect your Mom
Students will be titled PYM brand ambassadors who will educate their mothers, grandmothers, and other family to take self exams;
  • Pink Bazaar
Set up a charity bazaar in the school for a week and ask for parents and grandparents help;
  • Collect scarves
Teachers and parents will be collecting scarves to be sent to patients who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy. 
The scarves will be sent to Breast Cancer organization of your own city or country that will forward it to girls and women patients.
  • Write Pink 
Ask students to write kind pink cards or letters and send them to older older Cancer patients;
  • Pink Facebook | Twitter
Create a school/classroom Facebook account or Twitter account to exchange messages with children and young people who are in hospitals but stay active interacting with social media;
  • Pink Contests
Host contests and ask students to send in their dance, song or other art forms that will help create awareness about Cancer to a school email until 15 November. There will be Prizes for the best "Bits of Positivity".

Please let me introduce the video below:

Credits: Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock

I am so touched, tears fill my eyes for the courage of all the children and teens who made this video at Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Doctors, parents, nurses, all the staff of the hospital gather for this inspiring cover of "Roar" by Katy Perry. 

I hesitated a lot in publishing, but these kids and teens deserve it. They made it to raise funds for their treatment.

On the other way, I can't understand that a school suspended 75 students who supported Breast Cancer Awareness by wearing pink shirts "for violating the school's uniform policy. Read here.


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