Jewish World Watch is committed to providing educational opportunities for the broadest range of environments. Along with our more formal JWW lesson plans, the following informal JWW activities can be easily implemented inside or outside the classroom.
ACT OUT LOUD
In the summer of 2007, JWW harnessed the power of music to inspire young people to take action on Darfur. After taking part in interactive educational and advocacy activities, campers at Camp Ramah and Camp JCA Shalom were treated to an exciting and inspirational concert – including the original song, “Act Out Loud” – that encouraged year-round youth activism.
The following activities, designed for grades 4-9, are easily implemented either individually or as a whole unit in youth groups, clubs, or classrooms. Below are all activity plans and materials, available for download.
Guiding questions about the Holocaust, genocide, and language for a short lecture/discussion about Darfur.
Designed originally for summer camps, this activity helps students understand what life is like in the refugee camps. Campers should be able to understand that while their lifestyle is completely different from that of children in refugee camps, their humanity is the same.
Camp-to-Camp Activity PlanPhoto: Outside Chadian Refugee Camp
Darfur Facts and Action Activity
This game allows students to gather and teach each other important facts about Darfur. Older students focus on the actual conflict in Darfur, while younger students have game boards about refugee life. Students use these facts to write letters to President Bush asking for action in Darfur.
Darfur Facts and Action Activity PlanGame Board and Fact Cards: Refugee Life (grades 4-5)
Campers participating in the JWW Act Out Loud program receive JWW Certificates and Act Out Loud dog tags celebrating the first steps of action they take towards ending the genocide in Darfur. To inspire further action, campers receive their certificates only after writing and declaring to their group one thing they have learned, and one person they promise to tell about their new knowledge.
Certification Activity PlanCertificates“I Promise” Cards
To order official JWW seals (for certificates) or Act Out Loud dog tags, please contact email@example.com
Solar Cooker Activities
Our Solar Cooker Project works to protect refugee women and girls from rape and other forms of violence. Women and girls fleeing the genocide in Darfur, Sudan are placed in extreme jeopardy when undertaking the simple, but vital, task of collecting firewood for cooking fuel. We are reducing the vulnerability of these women by providing the Iridimi, Touloum and Oure Cassoni refugee camps in Chad with solar cookers, thus reducing their need to collect firewood.
The following quick activity teaches children about solar cooking and its use in Darfur. Students gather facts about refugee life and solar cooking, and use the information to write letters to someone at home about what they learned. It is appropriate for grades 4-9, and can be implemented in youth groups, clubs, other organizations and classrooms alike.
Solar Cooking Activity PlanSolar Cooking Game Board and Fact CardsLetter Home (Template)
Order a solar cooker for your organization or classroom from Solar Cookers International’s MarketplaceDonate to the Solar Cooker Project
Darfur is Dying – Online Game by mtvU
Darfur is Dying is a viral video game for change that provides a window into the experience of the 2.5 million refugees in the Darfur region of Sudan. Players must keep their refugee camp functioning in the face of possible attack by Janjaweed militias. Players can also learn more about the genocide in Darfur that has taken the lives of 400,000 people, and find ways to get involved to help stop this human rights and humanitarian crisis.