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  • PLEDGE OF FRIENDSHIP
  • STORIES OF KINDNESS
  • GREET OF FRIENDSHIP
  • FRIENDSHIP AS A SUPERPOWER
  • DESIGN A PLEDGE
  • AMBASSADORS OF SUPER FRIENDSHIP
  • VOLUNTEER FOR A CAUSE
PLEDGE OF FRIENDSHIP

Who could all do it? Students / Teachers / Parents / Admin Staff

When we do it? Mornings of FriendshipWeek

What we do? We take Friendship Pledge: “My pledge of Alligence to Friendship is that, I will be Friends with everyone and beyond.Through good times and bad, through sickness and health, and celebrate love, empathy, diversity and Inclusion. As we share the same life, under the same world.”.

Why do we do it? We affirm our friendship as a superpower by taking the pledge to be good samaritans and assurance to befriend anyone/anything through the promise of friendship. Pledge bearing friends could wear badge of friend[Available for sale at https://friendshipweek.org/superfriend-band/]

Where to do it? We could take the pledge anywhere by standing straight and right hand on the heart.

How to do it? Stand straight and recite the pledge alone or in a group.

STORIES OF KINDNESS

Who could all do it? Teachers / Parents / Students with other student/(s)

When we do it? As a group activity anytime during friendship week.

What we do? Friends, teachers, and parents will discuss their stories of kindness. The more diverse the stories, the better it gets.

Why do we do it? This activity is a great exercise to see how kindness grows-up in every corner and every place in our lives.

Where to do it? This activity could be conducted in-classroom / lunchroom or dinner table.

How to do it? Teachers/parents/ students would go in circles and reminisce their stories of kindness.

GREET OF FRIENDSHIP

Who could all do it? Students, Student-teacher and Student-parent

When we do it? Every time during the friendship week

What we do? We greet everyone with “I am your friend” or “hello my friend”.

Why do we do it? We do it to showcase that we are a friend’s first society. We showcase our ability to make friends and enforce friendship bonds by greeting everyone with a genuinely bonding greet: “I am your friend” or “hello my friend”.

Where to do it? Everywhere during friendship week.

How to do it? Whenever we meet someone, instead of wishing them “hi” or “hello,” we will greet them with: “I am your friend” or “hello my friend”.

FRIENDSHIP AS A SUPERPOWER

Who could all do it? Students / Teachers / Parents / Admin Staff

When we do it? Anytime during FriendshipWeek by committing to be a super friend.

What we do? We take the pledge of friendship and commit ourselves to be a superpower. We pledge to wear a friendship bracelet all the time. Friendship bracelet is your cape, and it is to beam your super friendship powers to everyone.

Why do we do it? Superfriends are created to bring the superpower of friendship. Superfriends are everyone’s friends and expect nothing in return. They are good samaritans who are available for everyone /every time. Pleadge bearers could wear #SuperFriend badge [could be purchased at https://friendshipweek.org/superfriend-band/]

Where to do it? We could commit to being super friends by committing to be friends with everyone/everything, preferably in front of teachers or in-front of adult family members.

How to do it? Stand straight and take the pledge of friendship. Once you have said the “pledge of friendship,” you commit yourself to be a friend of everyone/everything, unconditionally.

DESIGN A PLEDGE

Who could all do it? Students with rest of the class and teacher

When we do it? Anytime throughout friendship week

What we do? We come together and help create our pledge of friendship. Key ingredients it should include is to promote acceptance, diversity, inclusion, and togetherness.

Why do we do it? This activity is a great exercise to think about friendship and all it has to offer. Students will discuss the best way to narrate the qualities of friendship. All teams would come and believe creatively deep into the merits of friendship.

Where to do it? In classrooms or group session

How to do it? Students would come together, listing all qualities of friendship. Students then engage in finding the best way to stitch the merits in an ensemble of poetic lines that forms a pledge. Do send us your entries to team@friendshipweek.org.

AMBASSADORS OF SUPER FRIENDSHIP

Who could all do it? Students/ Teachers/ Parents

When we do it? Anytime during Friendship Week

What we do? Students, Teachers, and Parents meet to discuss the power of friendship and convince others to join the super friendship.

Why do we do it? Friendship plays a central glue in connecting the world with kindness, grace, diversity, and inclusion. By recruiting others to join the growing community of super friends, friendship ambassadors will make the difference in the world.

Where to do it? This activity is performed at any place accessible to friendship ambassadors.

How to do it? Friendship Ambassadors connect with their friends and family and explain to them about the idea of Super friendship. Friendship Ambassadors addresses any open concerns to help create Superfriends.

VOLUNTEER FOR A CAUSE

Who could all do it? Students/ Teachers/ Parents.

When we do it? Anytime during or After Friendship Week.

What we do? Friendship Volunteers would attach to a cause, contribute to the society, create an impact, and change the world.

Why do we do it? Working for a cause helps Volunteers understand several issues impacting the Humanity. The aspect of attaching to a cause will generate the idea of serving the community by friending with others.

Where to do it? With Non-Profits and cause-based organizations.

How to do it? Students with the help of teachers/ Parents visit communities seeking support and volunteer their time



SPREAD FRIENDSHIP



  • STORIES OF FRIENDSHIP
  • SHARE TO CARE
  • SECRETS OF FRIENDSHIP
  • QUALITIES OF FRIENDSHIP
  • CIRCLE OF APPRECIATION
  • WRITINGS OF A FRIEND
  • WALL OF FRIENDSHIP
STORIES OF FRIENDSHIP

Who could all do it? Teachers / Parents / Students with other student/(s)

When we do it? As a group activity anytime during friendship week.

What we do? Friends, teachers, and parents will discuss their stories of friendship. The more diverse the stories, the better it gets.

Why do we do it? To show that friendships grow-up in every corner and every place.

Where to do it? This is an excellent activity for in-classroom / lunchroom or dinner table.

How to do it? Teachers/parents/ students would go in circles and reminisce their stories of friendship(good or bad).

SHARE TO CARE

Who could all do it? Students.

When we do it? Anytime in School during Friendship Week.

What we do? Students will share something special with other students.

Why do we do it? Sharing something important imparts the qualities of empathy, care, and trust. These are essential ingredients that form the core of friendship.

Where to do it? Students could perform this activity in their classrooms, lunchrooms, and other group interaction opportunity.

How to do it? Teachers could request the students to bring something special. During a group activity, students will connect with other students(friends or not) and share something special and discuss why is it special.

SECRETS OF FRIENDSHIP

Who could all do it? Students / Teachers

When we do it? Anytime during friendship week

What we do? Friends share their “safe to discuss” secrets with other friends.

Why do we do it? Sharing a relatively “safe to discuss” secret with others establish trust, care, and empathy. It helps expand the circle of trust that opens someone up to accept others. It is an excellent mingling technique.

Where to do it? Anyplace as preferred by friends involved.

How to do it? Friends could either do it in pairs or groups. Each friend would share a “safe to discuss” secret to open up to others. Others would reciprocate by sharing their “safe to discuss” secret.

QUALITIES OF FRIENDSHIP

Who could all do it? Students [with other students, teachers or parents]

When we do it? Any group activity time within school time or family time

What we do? Participants gather and discuss the qualities of friends that they like the most. The exercise is intended to share the similarities and differences in conditions that we enjoy in our friends.

Why do we do it? It will help us to understand what we like about our friends and how others like their friends. These differences would help us know that our differences are our biggest strength. This exercise helps us discover why someone prefers some qualities over others.

Where to do it? It is a group activity that participants could conduct during classroom sessions, or they could pursue this with their family during dinner table conversation.

How to do it? Participants would assemble. Participants are then given the task to list the qualities that they love in their friends. Each quality should be written in one post-it square. Participants would keep their post-it. Once all the students have listed the qualities, all participants would then come to the discussion board and stick their post-its. Participants then gather identical qualities together. Participants could then explore the differences and similarities in the qualities that they captured.

CIRCLE OF APPRECIATION

Who could all do it? Student / Teacher

When we do it? It could be an ongoing activity on Friendship Week.

What we do? Participants could post anonymous notes appreciating a kind gesture, friendly move, or anything they liked in their friends or other participants.

Why do we do it? This activity is a great exercise to showcase which qualities and gestures we appreciate seeing. This activity will also motivate us to do similar acts of kindness, inclusion, and friendship within our circle.

Where to do it? This activity could be taking place at a central location accessible to many.

How to do it? Each participant is instructed to act as a citizen journalist and capture anything they observed around kindness, care, empathy, inclusion, diversity, or friendship. Participants would then note the quality and put it on post-it as an anonymous note for everyone to see.

WRITINGS OF A FRIEND

Who could all do it? Students

When we do it? Anytime before or during FriendshipWeek

What we do? It is an excellent opportunity for the creative people among us to come forward to pen down their creative side to celebrate friendship. A poem, a picture, a story, or any creative stuff they could create and share it with the school and our global platform.

Why do we do it? Pen holds lots of power, and this act would help us realize that. It is is a suitable activity to showcase how words coming together or lines crossing each other could communicate a strong story that would impact us all.

Where to do it? Participants would work on this activity during their school or home hours. They could submit their contributions to school teacher/admin or email us to post online at team@friendshipweek.org

How to do it? Participants are instructed to contribute a piece of art celebrating friendship. The writeup could be a poem, story, song, music composition, painting, or any other creative art that communicates the story of friendship in an artistic form.

WALL OF FRIENDSHIP

Who could all do it? Students / Teachers /Parents

When we do it? During Friendship Week

What we do? We assign a wall of friendship and put things that remind us of friendship so we all could enjoy

Why do we do it? Friendship has different meanings to different individuals. Allocating a wall of friendship and then decorating it with the friendship memorabilia and sharing it with everyone would help us understand how we all enjoy friendship. Wall of friendship could be a wall at home as well, where everyone in the family could step up and celebrate friendship. A wall of friendship could also be the sacred wall that never sees any unfriendly gesture/feeling.

Where to do it? This activity could be performed by transforming a wall at the common traffic area in school or home to “Wall of Friendship”.

How to do it? Participants could first collectively declare a Wall of Friendship. Then they could start populating that wall with friendship pictures, gestures, memorabilia that reminds participants of friendship. Everyone is instructed to be friendly, inviting, inclusive, and loving in front of the Wall of Friendship.



PROMOTE DIVERSITY & INCLUSION



  • FOLK TALES
  • FAVORITE FOLK FESTIVAL
  • FAVORITE FOLK MUSIC
  • MAP DIVERSITY ON WORLD MAP
  • FOLK READS/STORIES
  • SIMILARITY IN DIVERSITY
  • CELEBRATE DIVERSITY IN FAMILY TREE
FOLK TALES

Who could all do it? Students / Teachers / Parents

When we do it? Anytime during group activity in school during Friendship Week

What we do? Participants would share folktale stories of friendship from their family.

Why do we do it? This activity celebrates the similarities in our differences. It celebrates by showing how friendship stories are an essential part of any culture and how we have enjoyed some fantastic friendship stories.

Where to do it? This activity could be a great classroom exercise but might require a prep for participants. Participants would be required to gather and share their folk tales of friendship during friendship week.

How to do it? Participants are instructed to investigate and gather folk tales from their family/culture and share the stories with the classroom. Participants then work with their family to capture and share these stories.

FAVORITE FOLK FESTIVAL

Who could all do it? Students / Teachers / Parents

When we do it? Anytime during group activity in school during Friendship Week

What we do? Participants would share their favorite folk festivals from their family/culture.

Why do we do it? This activity celebrates the similarities in our differences. It celebrates by showing how folk festivals are an essential part of any culture and how we have enjoyed some fantastic folk festivals.

Where to do it? This activity could be a great classroom exercise but might require a prep for participants. Participants would be required to gather and share their folk festivals during friendship week.

How to do it? Participants are instructed to investigate and gather folk festivals from their family/culture and share the stories with the classroom. Participants then work with their family to capture and share these stories.

FAVORITE FOLK MUSIC

Who could all do it? Students / Teachers / Parents

When we do it? Anytime during group activity in school during Friendship Week

What we do? Participants would share their favorite folk music from their family/culture.

Why do we do it? This activity celebrates the similarities in our differences. It celebrates by showing how folk music is an essential part of any culture and how we have enjoyed some fantastic folk festivals.

Where to do it? It is a great classroom exercise but might require a prep for participants. Participants would be required to gather and share their folk music during friendship week.

How to do it? Participants are instructed to investigate and gather folk music from their family/culture and share the music with the classroom. Participants then work with their family to capture and share this music.

MAP DIVERSITY ON WORLD MAP

Who could all do it? Students / Teacher

When we do it? During a group activity in school during friendship week

What we do? Each participant puts a pin at each location they have heard their family member/friend belongs to

Why do we do it? This activity will show us how we all have one common trait, and that is our diversity. It helps create a visual of how each of us carries a massive lineage of diversity that brought us here.

Where to do it? In classroom

How to do it? Each participant is instructed to investigate all the geographic location of their relatives, family members, and friends belong. They capture it in the list and bring it to class. All participants pin their picks, and then everyone could have a conversation on the diversity we all carry.

FOLK READS/STORIES

Who could all do it? Students / Teachers / Parents

When we do it? Anytime during group activity in school during Friendship Week

What we do? Participants would share folktale stories from their family/culture.

Why do we do it? This activity celebrates the similarities in our differences. It celebrates by showing how folk stories are an essential part of any culture and how we have enjoyed some fantastic folk stories.

Where to do it? It is a great classroom exercise but might require a prep for participants. Participants would be required to gather and share their folk tales during friendship week.

How to do it? Participants are instructed to investigate and gather folk tales from their family/culture and share the stories with the classroom. Participants then work with their family to capture and share these stories.

SIMILARITY IN DIVERSITY

Who could all do it? Students / Teacher

When we do it? During a group activity in school during friendship week

What we do? Each participants lists all the different traits they see in the classroom, their friends, family, and any person they know. The more diversity option we could extract, the more we will all come together to learn how it is what is keeping us healthy and united.

Why do we do it? This activity will show us how we all have one common trait, and that is our diversity. It helps create a virtue of how our differences are the most common things we know around us. It shows us how we all are filled with so many diversity of opinions/thoughts/people.

Where to do it? In classroom

How to do it? Each participant is instructed to investigate all the diverse segmentation in their family/friend/acquaintance. List all the different aspects and share it with the class and discuss how one common trait, our diversity surrounds us all.

CELEBRATE DIVERSITY IN FAMILY TREE

Who could all do it? Students / Teacher

When we do it? During a group activity in school during friendship week

What we do? Each participant brings out the diverse families in a family tree. All diversity aspects must be shared and celebrated. Young/Old, Multi-cultural, different orientation, couples with animals.

Why do we do it? This activity will show us how we all have common traits, and that is our diversity. It helps create a perspective of how each of us carries a massive lineage of diversity that brought us here.

Where to do it? In classroom

How to do it? Each participant is instructed to investigate all the diverse segmentation in their family tree. List all the different aspects and share it with the class and discuss how we all are surrounded by one common trait, diversity.



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