In recent years, Hope in the Heart has been privileged to have a presence in schools, youth groups and universities in England, Africa and Albania. Bev and Tam both came to Hope in the Heart with a wealth of experience in education and training which they have been able to put to good use in developing projects within HITH.
Our most recent project has been Empathy in Plymouth Schools, commissioned by Plymouth City Council and the Police and Crime Commissioner as part of Plymouth's Welcoming City programme.
Bev and Tam developed a programme based on the principles of the Virtues Project and Charter for Compassion International which they piloted in four schools across Plymouth. The programme will be made available to further schools in the near future. Please contact us for more information.
At a time when violence, extremism and hate are rising in communities across the world, it is vital that children and young people learn positive skills to increase their emotional intelligence and counter these negative influences.
It has been our overwhelming experience that young minds and hearts are open and ready to embrace, live and model the principals of peace, compassion, empathy and related virtues. It has been our joy to witness the enthusiasm with which they do so, and our inspiration to know that these young people will become the adults of the future.
Previous HITH educational projects have included:
Collaborations (still ongoing) with univerities in the UK and South Africa, where Tam is a visiting lecturer,
the excellent Anne Frank Trust schools programme,
Introductions to the Virtues Project,
"Where is Home?" (an exploration of the experience of refugees coming to the UK).
"We Are Beautiful" (linking groups in UK and South Africa through a song by our friend and associate, World musician, survivor of the Rwandan genocide and international peacemaker Jean Paul Samputu)
"Ubuntu Soweto" connecting groups of young people in the UK and Soweto, SA, to celebrate, through the African tradition of Ubuntu, the 40th anniversary of the student uprising that turned the tide on apartheid.
Compassionate collaborations with youth groups in Albania
Tam has trained teachers and youth workers in UK and SA to be Virtues Project mentors and facilitators, and to support and celebrate neurodiversity. She has delivered workshops on the Virtues Project and the AccepTTranscend Transformation spiral at Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Universities in SA and is currently co-authoring a chapter for a transnational academic book with partners from Plymouth Marjon and Nelson Mandela Universities.