Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Schools : Let's talk about Pink October !

Pink October
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And here I am! Pink October is my awareness month. In memory of my mother.

Let me introduce this subject. Seeing pink? October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

I started Pink October in school curriculum long time ago. And I wrote about on Going Pink at School (October 2013). On my blogs to students too: Octobre rose: On participe au collège et lycée? (French foreign language) and Escolas : Outubro Rosa: Vamos participar? (Portuguese native language).

Pink October
via Google Images


So here I am writing some words and share some resources on Going Pink in School Education.

Talking about cancer helps students and teachers to be conscious and to understand and follow friends and family.

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.

Unfortunately, as teachers, we know some children and teens who have or had cancer or often coexisted with the desease from a mother, a sister, a grandmother or a friend suffering cancer.

Schools must holding special programmes to tell students about how survival rates increases through early detection.

I think it would be important to include cancer awareness into 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,” 

Resources: Films

  • The Fault in Our Stars (book & film):

The Fault In Our Starts
Josh Boone, 2014

Based on the book The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, the film tells the story of two young people cancer patients - August and Hazel - begin a life-affirming journey to visit a reclusive author in Amsterdam.

The Fault in Our Stars
John Green, 2012


Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

The Fault in Our Stars debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and was chosen as TIME Magazine’s #1 Fiction Book of 2012.

The Fault In Our Starts
Josh Boone, 2014

Hazel (Shailene Woodley) and Gus (Ansel Elgort) are two extraordinary teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on an unforgettable journey.

Their relationship is all the more miraculous, given that they met and fell in love at a cancer support group.

The Fault in Our Stars explores the funny, thrilling and tragic business of being alive and in love.

"A lot of us feel on a daily basis, but we just don’t acknowledge our feelings,” (...) "This movie won’t let you leave without acknowledging your feelings."

Shailene Woodley, Time

Target: High Junior School

  • Miss You Already:

Miss You Already
Catherine Hardwicke, 2015

The friendship between two life-long girlfriends is put to the test when one starts a family and the other falls ill.


Milly (Toni Colette) and Jess (Drew Barrymore) are besties since girlhood, ever since the latter relocated to London from the US with her family. The pair’s sustained friendship has evidently rested on mutual acceptance of their roles: adventurous Milly led the way, with generous support from Jess. 

Miss You Already
Catherine Hardwicke, 2015

Milly was the first to experience romance and sex, the first to conceive and marry  and the one who sadly experiences other firsts, when a series of diagnoses confirm an increasingly bleak prognosis for her breast cancer.

Based on Goodbye by Morwenna BanksOn 19 October 2013, BBC Radio 4 broadcast Banks' play Goodbye about a woman diagnosed with breast cancer. 

She subsequently wrote the play's 2015 film adaptation, titled Miss You Already.

It's unsweetened depiction of cancer. In fact the film is probably the most honest depiction of the disease I can remember seeing in a movie. Superbly understated and fabulously real.

Target: High School; Higher School

Some Activities:

  • Walk Pink
Host a pink walkathon at the Park of your city. Invite other schools to join you:
  • Wear Pink
To aid efforts, in Arts curriculum students can designed T-shirts for the cause, ribbons, badges and wear Pink one day or two of the month. Take a picture wearing Pink item every day
  • Do Pink ribbon
Students are asked to do pink ribbons 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 school gymnasium or playground. Four younger, think in a score;
  • Protect your Mom/Grandmother
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 in your own city or country that will forward it to girls and women patients.
  • Write Pink 
Ask students to write kind pink cards or pink letters to send to young Cancer patients;
  • Pink Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
On the school social media accounts exchange messages or talks with children and teens who are in hospitals but stay active interacting with social media;


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