Published: Saturday, 05 April 2014 15:24
Schools have many duties to their students. One obligation would be to help them understand the lives of other human beings in different places and in different cultures across the world. Supporting international charities, and highlighting the lifestyles and problems experienced by other people, is one way of achieving this. There is, however, a danger, familiar to most big charities, of inducing a sense of hopelessness and fatigue in their donors through emphasising the size of the problems and over-active campaigning. Some days we are bombarded by images of devastated natural environments, starving children and injured people escaping from war zones and challenged by mind-numbing statistics suggesting yet further disasters. The cumulative effect of all this woe can easily backfire, persuading people that the problems are so huge that there is no point in them even trying to influence the outcome rather than motivating them to action.
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