The Dirt Is Good Schools Programme is designed for groups of students in Key Stages 2 and 3. It is based on a set of four principles that combine together to create the Dirt Is Good Way. These principles are fed through the handbook and all the activities.
helping young people to feel that they are not alone in caring and wanting to act
recognising that actions speak louder than words and that getting active on a cause is fun
ensuring young people can find a changemaking role that allows them to fulfil their potential
acknowledging that change doesn't always happen fast, that it is OK to make mistakes, and that reflection is as important as action
Young people enjoy taking positive action: Getting stuck in feels fun and important. But helping them to learn new skills and develop kindness and empathy is just as important. Dirt Is Good will help your young people feel that they have a role to play and that we are all united in compassion. They will go on a journey and become Changemakers for life.
How the Dirt Is Good principles fit together
Young changemakers go on a journey, where they get stuck in doing projects and activities that create positive social and environmental changes. These actions (and reflections) get progressively larger and more impactful over time.
Practitioner is hands on guiding action and reflection
Changemakers are able to take more responsibility for their actions and reflections
Practitioner is able to almost completely step away as Changemakers flourish and lead
Time to fly the nest!
As they move through these phases, changemakers get a growing sense that we are all united in compassion and feel ever more like everyone has a role to play, most especially themselves.