Hi again readers,
Recently, Year 6 have been undertaking a unit of inquiry called ‘The Exhibition’ which is a project which is spread over a number of weeks. The focus of ‘The Exhibition’ was for us to gain more understanding of various topics related to our central idea ‘Peace and conflict affect our world’. We were split up into groups of about 2-4 people and given a topic related to the central idea. I was in a group with my classmates Jess and Rosie. We were given the topic of Domestic Violence. Firstly, we had to write lines of inquiry to relate to our topic and then inquire into them.
Our lines of inquiry were:
- Systems are in place to help victims of domestic violence
- Domestic violence impacts a range of areas in peoples lives
- Perspectives of domestic violence can prevent victims from seeking help
After this, we were asked to create a geographical component, something interactive and take some form of action to show at our exhibition showcase. For our geographical task, we made a map of the top 11 countries in which domestic violence is most common. It was interesting to see that countries of lower socioeconomic status are the ones most affected by domestic abuse.
The purpose of the interactive component was to engage the people that come to our stand at the showcase and to allow them to interact with something related to our topic. Our group decided to create two interactive components. The first was a large poster with a red heart in the middle. The words ‘Love is…….’ were written on the heart and people could write what they think love is around the heart. We thought it would be interesting to see what people wrote and get them thinking.
The purpose of our second interactive task was to get visitors to our stand thinking about what they would take is they had to leave home because of domestic violence. We had a picture of a suitcase and a number of items stuck around it. We made people place as many of the items in the suitcase as they wanted, but then told them to narrow it down until they were only left with three items. We hope this got people thinking about the effects of domestic abuse.
Next came our action. Like our interactive tasks, we decided to take two forms of action. The first was to donate money and toiletries to an organization called The Beauty Bank. The Beauty Bank is a registered charity that provides victims of domestic violence with the simple necessities in life that some of us take for granted. For example, toiletries and cosmetic items. We sent out a message asking for toiletries and got many responses. We ended up collecting lots of toiletries which The Beauty Bank were very thankful to receive.
To raise money to donate to The Beauty Bank, each of our group members baked cookies, cakes and brownies which I sold at my swimming club. In result of this, we ended up raising $575 for The Beauty Bank and donated many toiletries as well which will go towards helping those affected by domestic abuse.
Our second form of action was to create a video raising awareness of where victims of domestic abuse can go to seek help. Jess and Rosie starred in the video and I filmed and edited it on a program called Adobe Premiere Pro which I also used for my passion project. I think the video went really well and educated victims well on where they can seek help.
Throughout this experience, I learnt a lot about domestic violence and its impacts. I think the main thing I learnt was to look for the signs, seek help or help those in need and that everyone can make a difference. I had so much fun, especially when completing both forms of action as it felt great to help those in need and make a change.