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close this bookSchool Health Education to Prevent AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) : Teachers' Guide (UNESCO - WHO, 1994, 117 p.)
close this folderUnit 4. Care and support
View the document(introduction...)
View the document1 Who discriminates? - Definition and case studies
View the document2 The story of two communities - Two communities react differently to someone with AIDS
View the document3 Why compassion? - Explores reasons for compassion
View the document4 What could you do? - Compassion for two people with AIDS
View the document5 How to’s of care giving - Information on how to care for someone with AIDS
View the document6 How to keep yourself safe - Precautionary care for someone who is looking after someone with AIDS
View the document7 What do you know? - Two tests to determine what students know about caregiving
View the document8 Support for responsible behaviour - How to show support for someone who has made healthy decisions
View the document9 Compassion, tolerance and support - Showing support outside the classroom

3 Why compassion? - Explores reasons for compassion


People who have compassion towards themselves and others are very much needed in this society. Understanding why compassion is important is the first step.

What the teacher does

1. Decide how to teach this activity.

a) Provide an activity sheet for each student and have them complete the activity individually, in pairs, or in small groups.

b) Read the three reasons for being compassionate and ask students for other reasons. Add these to the list. Then ask students to select the two that are most important to them (only one activity sheet is needed).

c) Place the students in small groups and provide one activity sheet for each group. Have them add to the list and then each group member selects the two that are most important to them.

2. Ask the students for other reasons for being compassionate. Add these to the list. Some possibilities might be:

· We have a moral duty to care for sick people
· They are a minority and are therefore discriminated against
· They are often rejected by people who care for the sick
· They are often very young to be dying
· They are often rejected by family and friends
· It feels nice to help or care for someone
· It will help you overcome your own fears of death and AIDS

3. Discuss the question under “Teacher asks”. Suggested answers are provided below.

Why is it difficult for some people to show compassion?

· They have had a lot of pain themselves and are only able to look after themselves
· They only think about themselves
· They don’t know how to be compassionate
· They are afraid to be compassionate