At the beginning of the second school term in 2016, the Daniel and Friends Fund, launched its “Different is Cool” school awareness campaign. We have become increasingly aware of society’s misperception about people with disabilities, more so evident in children whose uncertainty and, sadly, sometimes negative view of those with special needs is based purely on a lack of knowledge and understanding. With empathy and compassion being emotions best instilled at a young age, we created a campaign which could be shared with children of school-going age in a fun, but informative way. Minki Burger, well known for Lollos and Lettie and also Daniel and Friends ambassador, is closely involved with the Different is Cool campaign.
The entire program can be easily slotted into an assembly, and be adapted according to age.
The 15 minute presentation starts off with a short dance – ” Lettie se lyfie “, a quick introduction and then goes into teaching the children some basic sign language. After that we engage the children with a short talk on how it is important to treat everyone with respect and love, even though we may appear a little different on the outside sometimes, as well as some basic information on what it means to have “special needs “. We do a challenge with the children and then a small game which emphasizes that same sentiment – that we are all cool, no matter how different. We end of with the sign language, and then give them an opportunity to teach it to us. We then get the children to join in and dance ” Lettie se Lyfie ” with us.
” Lettie se Lyfie ” fits in perfectly with our Different is Cool theme, as the song is about how no one is exactly alike, but perfect and unique in their own way. We are very proud to have Lettie on board as our Different is Cool ambassador.
Further enquiries can be made to Lianie le Roux: firstname.lastname@example.org