Global Citizens - Make an Impact!
Campaigning - Can I make a difference?
Top Tactics! Campaigner Card Game and resources and the
Teacher's Notes first to get the most from this fun activity!
Can I make a difference?
"How wonderful it is that no one need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world". Anne Frank
The first panel in the Contemporary Galleries at Wilberforce House greets the visitor with this inspiring message from Anne Frank (1929-1933).
As Anne tells us in this quote, anyone can help improve the world they live in, and they can start right now!
The Abolitionist Movement
The 'Abolitionist' movement or 'The Society for the Abolition of the Slave Trade' was formed in 1787 by Grenville Sharp and Thomas Clarkson. The movement grew and became the very first organised, large-scale human rights campaign.
Campaigners today owe much to the abolitionist movement. Many of the campaign tactics that we use today were pioneered by the abolitionists.The concepts of capturing the public imagination and of getting people actively involved in a campaign are not modern ones.
Campaign tactics that are used today, but were first used by the abolitionists include; the use of a logo for branding and merchandising including a strong image (the kneeling slave) and a slogan 'Am I Not a Man and a Brother?' (downloadable below), also petitioning, consumer boycotting, parliamentary lobbying and using personal testimonies to rouse public interest.
Throughout history campaigners have used tactics such as these, as well as others, to achieve their goals. Some more successfully, and with more lasting impact, than others.
Campaigners and their Tactics
The Top Tactics game ( downloadable below) compares eight different campaigners and their tactics. Using the card game, pupils can make decisions and form opinions on what qualities make a successful campaigner and what methods make a successful campaign.The resource can be used to encourage discussion and debate about campaigners, their backgrounds and motives, thier campaign methods and their ultimate success.
The campaigners include:
- William Wilberforce
- Martin Luther King
- Emmeline Pankhurst
- Brian Haw
- Lillian Bilocca
- Anti-slavery International
- Mahatma Gandhi
- Diana, Princess of Wales
As part of the Campaign! Make an Impact citizenship project Year 9 students from Winifred Holtby School Technology College studied the 1807 campaign to abolish the British Transatlantic Slave Trade. They used their new found skills and knowledge to plan and run creative campaigns about issues that affect them today.
If you would like to find out more about how your pupils can become actively involved in campaigning visit The British Library website (below).