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We have a dream! A dream that no friend should ever feel lonely, isolated, and sad. Our activity list is created to make this dream a reality. Here are some things to note about activities. All activities –

  • Should be performed offline or online, following current social, and safety norms.
  • Require some adult supervision to ensure safety for the child involved.
  • Are fun, learning-based, and require little to no planning.


ACTIVITY LIST FOR INTERNATIONAL FRIENDSHIP WEEK 2020



  • GROUP CONNECTIONS
  • PLAY PALS
  • EXPRESSION OF FRIENDSHIP
  • INFLUENCERS OF FRIENDSHIP
  • FRIENDS AND FAMILY
  • HEROES OF COMMUNITY
  • SUPERFRIENDS
GROUP CONNECTIONS

Group connection is created to connect classrooms around the world. The goal primarily is to broaden perspectives, forge new friendships, embrace inclusions, diversity, and facilitate new conversations among the classroom friends. It would be a great experience to have borderless classrooms and friends around the world.

Target Audience- Students in Virtual Classrooms led by Teachers

When? 1 hour – 2 hours during the days of  International Friendship Week

What? Classrooms(Students) around the world meet with other classrooms(Students).

  • Classes(Students) could do some activities together
  • Classes(Students) could share their experience with each other
  • Classes(Students) could share about themselves and learn about others
  • Classes(Students) could decide to maintain the connection and meet even after IFW20

Why? This activity is created to broaden perspective, promote diversity in ideas so we all could learn from each other and have fun times.

Where? Over virtual meet calls, with the supervision from the teachers.

How? Recommended Steps:

  1. Signup for the activity
  2. FriendshipWeek will email teachers about the classroom matches
  3. Teachers will initiate the connection 2 weeks before the IFW20 [teachers could share a brief introduction and ask some pre-set of questions to work as conversation starter]
  4. Teachers will schedule a common slot and meeting medium for the conversation
  5. Groups meet during the scheduled time and pursue one of the activities (or an activity they prefer)
  6. Friendship ensues
PLAY PALS

“Play pals” is created to build borderless friendships. Inspired by penpals, “Play pals” is designed to embrace connecting friendship through virtual or non-virtual means.

Target Audience – Students interested in play dates around the world led by Parents

When? 1 hour – 2 hours during the days of  International Friendship Week (and even later based on friendships created)

What? Students/Friends around the world meet with other Students/Friends.

  • Friends could do some activities together
  • Friends could share their experience with each other
  • Friends could share about themselves and learn about others
  • Friends could decide to maintain the connection and meet even after IFW20

Why? This activity is created to promote diversity in ideas and introduce new friendships that are not possible under current circumstances. New friendships create new perspectives, promote inclusion, diversity, and mental health among friends.

Where? Over virtual meet calls, with the supervision from the parents.

How? Recommended Steps:

  1. Signup with the activity at [LINK TBD]
  2. FriendshipWeek will email parents about a few friends matches to chose from
  3. Once parents finalize the matches, IFW will send the final introduction emails
  4. Parents will initiate the connection 2 weeks before the IFW20 [parent’s provided brief introduction could work as a conversation starter]
  5. Parents will schedule a common slot and meeting medium for the conversation
  6. Friends meet during the scheduled time
  7. Friendship ensues
EXPRESSION OF FRIENDSHIP

Expression of friendship is created to bring our inner acceptance to inclusion, diversity, friendship, love, and care out. Friends around the world use the activity to express and learn about friendship. This activity encourages all the friends to create an artifact of friendship to learn about some hidden friendships. This would be a fun friendship activity for every participant.

Target Audience- Students assisted by Teachers or Parents

When? Anytime during the days of  International Friendship Week (and even later based on friendships created)

What? Students around the world are challenged to produce their artifact of friendship, or learn about some hidden friendship and create their expression.

  • Students could write an essay on friendship
  • Students could sketch their expression of friendship
  • Students could learn about different cultures and perform show-and-tell or presentation
  • Students could create a recipe of friendship by making a dessert or dish inspired by mixing two dishes from different cultures
  • Students could share their expression with us by submitting their entry at [EVENT LINK]

Why? This activity is created to promote, express, and solidify our ability to work together, embrace diversity, inclusion, love, and care that are surrounding us but we seldom get a chance to take a pause and think about them.

Where? In classrooms and homes

How? Recommended Steps:

  1. Teachers / Parents will pick an activity from the list above or suggest their own version to Students
  2. Students produce their expression and share it with their class and with us.
  3. Friendship ensues
INFLUENCERS OF FRIENDSHIP

Our teachers play a vital role in helping us see the world in their best colors. “Influencers of friendship” is created to bring the heroes that always inspire us and help us understand friendship through their lens. We are requesting our teachers’ community to step forward to help our students understand the meaning of love, inclusion, diversity, care, and friendship through their lens. Teachers will create a class to help students understand, and embrace friendship.

Target Audience- Students supported by Teachers

When? Anytime during the days of  International Friendship Week

What? Teachers will create a class to talk about friendship, diversity, inclusion, love, and care. Students will work with teachers and learn about friendship through their lens.

  • Teachers could discuss the basics of friendship
  • Teachers could discuss the cultural history and share how all the revolutions happened at the backbone of strong friendships
  • Teachers could perform a presentation on famous friendships
  • Teachers could give an assignment to students to read about some famous friendships and present them to the class.

Why? This activity is created to promote, embrace, and solidify our understanding of togetherness, love, care, diversity, inclusion, love, and friendship.

Where? In classrooms (Physical or virtual)

How to do it? Recommended Steps:

  1. Teachers will present a topic that embraces traits of friendship and show students an idea of friendship
  2. Teachers will dedicate a class to friendship and strengthen students belief, and faith in togetherness
FRIENDS AND FAMILY

“Friends and family” is created to bring the friendship that we all have at the forefront of the friendship revolution. Family is the first group of friends we trust and embrace. Family is at the best place to help children understand the meaning of friendship.

Target Audience-  Students led by Family/ Parents

When? Anytime during International Friendship Week

What? The family will spend time with children over dinner or common times and talk about friendships. Children will work with family and learn about friendship through their lens.

  • Parents could discuss the basics and importance of friendship and inclusion
  • Parents could perform common activities(cook meal/dessert) and learn about different cultures of their friends

Why? This activity is created to promote, embrace, and solidify our understanding of togetherness, love, care, diversity, inclusion, love, and friendship.

Where? At home

How? Recommended Steps:

  1. Parents will perform discussions on friendships
  2. Parents will discuss with children about the importance of friendship, diversity, and inclusion
  3. Parents and children could see a movie about friendship
HEROES OF COMMUNITY

“Heroes of friendship” is created to increase activism and community service in students. Serving the community is at the center of good qualities that are fundamental to embracing love, care, empathy, inclusion, diversity, and friendship.

Target Audience-  Students will lead these tasks with assistance from teachers and parents

When? Anytime during the International Friendship Week

What? Students will volunteer with small businesses/non-profits dedicated to serving the community.

  • Students could virtually connect with non-profits/local businesses and volunteer to help
  • Students engage with community members online and engage to help

Why? This activity is created to promote, embrace, and solidify the community service element that improves mental health and strengthens our understanding of togetherness, love, care, diversity, inclusion, love, and friendship.

Where? Over the web[in the supervision of parents and teachers]

How? Recommended Steps:

  1. Parents/teachers could recommend community work to students to promote community engagement
  2. Parents/teachers could start the conversation about community activism and encourage students to participate
SUPERFRIENDS

Superfriends is such an important superpower that we made this activity its own category. Superfriend is a category of friends that FriendshipWeek founder Pragna introduced. Superfriends are going to be the game changers for promoting the idea of care, love, empathy, inclusion, diversity, and friendship.

Target Audience –  Students will lead and execute this task

When? Anytime during and after the days of  International Friendship Week

What? Friends will take the pledge of friendship and promise to be friends of everyone, every time, and unconditionally.

  • SuperFriends will always be everyone’s friend
  • SuperFriends will always be a friend of nature, people, and anything they interact with
  • SuperFriends will wear a piece of symbol that beams that they are SuperFriends and would be a friend of everyone, unconditionally.

Why? This activity is created to promote, embrace, and solidify our understanding of togetherness, love, care, diversity, inclusion, love, and friendship.

Where? Everywhere

How? Recommended Steps:

  1. SuperFriends will always be nice, friendly, and approachable by anyone in their school or trusted circle
  2. SuperFriends will always step-in to find/provide help to anyone in need


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