The Kindness Curriculum has been inspired by the Kindness Factory’s mission to make the world a kinder place. The Kindness Factory™ grew from one person’s incredible story of courage, hope and adversity and has now become a global kindness movement, touching the lives of a myriad of people from all walks of life.
Along the way, the Kindness Factory has registered in excess of 1 million acts of kindness, from around the world illustrating so many themes that are important to global citizens who celebrate the goodness of humanity including kindness, compassion and empathy.
As the founder of Kindness Factory, Kath Koschel has spoken to young people and adults in schools across the world, sharing her inspiring story of resilience, gratitude and kindness. As a result of her inspirational addresses in school settings, one question was always asked… “How can we continue the legacy of kindness that you have created amongst our learning group of students?”
Kath turned to Kaplan for assistance and together a Kindness Curriculum has been conceptualised in response to the recurring question – what next? The partnership with Kaplan has seen her fulfil her dream to develop the Kindness Curriculum for education institutions ranging from early learning centres to secondary schools. It is Kath’s strong belief that teachers, students and school communities are the important elements in generating change for the future. Together Kaplan, Kath and the Kindness Curriculum are taking one step forward in building and sustaining a better world for all Australians.
The Kindness Curriculum is connected to the national school curriculum in Australia focusing on the development of core attributes that underpin Kindness namely: Collaboration, Compassion, Empathy, Gratitude, Honesty, Humility, Humour, Mindfulness meditation, Perspective, Positivity, Self- Acceptance and Trust. Sixty-four age appropriate learning activities have been developed that can be easily integrated into daily teaching routines. They are also suitable as standalone activities in particular contexts to explore, investigate and address specific problems that arise in the lives of young people. The activities focus on Australian content, critical thinking processes, values development and building Kindness capacities in ways that are facilitative and supportive. Some activities encourage self-reflection, others require group collaboration and still others are just about engaging students in learning about life in age appropriate ways. All of the activities have a clear rationale, a set of learning outcomes, a sequence of learning steps and embedded resources. The activities do not include summative assessment criteria but encourage reflection on personal and collaborative outcomes focussing on the attributes. The ultimate aim of the Kindness Curriculum is to encourage students and communities to contribute to a better world through Kindness.