Registered Charity Number 1174610
Think Equal’s mission is to educate the hearts of the world’s children during their early years in order to dismantle global systemic biases and violence as well as provide them with the skills to navigate and contribute to a free, safe and equal world. Recognising that a particular type of education drives social progress, the charity believes that during early childhood development, children should be taught more than literacy and numeracy. They must be taught to become empathetic, inclusive and respectful global citizens.
Think Equal has therefore created a ready-to-use, prescriptive and replicable Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) programme with lesson plans and exercises that teach emotional intelligence, inclusion, gender equality, critical thinking, peaceful conflict resolution, and 20 more SEL competencies to young children while their character and moral framework are still developing. With a global mission of making SEL an essential subject at the core of early years education, Think Equal is already present in 14 countries, including the UK, and has reached over 45,000 children.
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More about Think Equal
Think Equal was founded by the former filmmaker Leslee Udwin in the aftermath of her award-winning documentary India’s Daughter. The film focused on a brutal gang rape in Delhi and sparked a global movement to end violence against women.
The documentary highlighted that this brutality comes from structural, programmed and systemic discrimination against women throughout the world. The importance of changing discriminatory mindsets, whether focused on race, religion, gender or any other background, through education and in particular Social and Emotional Learning at a young and modifiable stage of development, thus crystalised as critical.
Nelson Mandela - “No-one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love”.
“We are still a world riven by cultural differences and inequalities… Think Equal is part of that global shift to address those inequalities”
- Sir Ken Robinson
“This Think Equal Programme is fantastic and I think everybody should support it. I encourage individual foundations, governments and parents to support it because I think it is going to move us forward”
- Meryl Streep
“Every once in a while, one comes across a non-profit leader and campaign that can actually change the world for the better, and at a scale that is required, in a generation. The vision, work and traction that Leslee Udwin and the Think Equal campaign is getting is one of those exceptional outliers that everyone everywhere should get behind”
- Will Kennedy, UN Global Partnerships Office
“To have found such an accessible, engaging and effective programme as Think Equal is has been a constant source of reassurance and joy! Not least because the stories, activities and resources are consistently appealing, user-friendly and so well designed for the virtuous purposes they wish to serve. I only wish we'd had access to it sooner, including when I was in Nursery!”
- Ben Mearhart, Headteacher, UK
“I even saw one of my little ones – a 4-year-old – trying to stop a fight between 2 older children in the playground. She was saying: “Stop. Breathe. What are you feeling? Name your feeling” – just like in the programme, and they stopped. I was amazed”
- Sandra Nnebo, Brookhills Montessori, Botswana
“With this project, we have definitely seen a lot of change in the children, and in the
teachers – even myself – I have become more conscious of how I am interacting with people around me, how I am using the skills which are developing in the children. The project is very well‐planned. It’s beautiful. The lesson plans are tailor made and the teachers don't have to spend time on preparing or planning things, they just have to implement in the class. It is amazing, I feel it's the need of the hour –our children need to be exposed to it”
- Principal Tasneem Khan, Bombay International School, India
“There is a girl with Cerebral Palsy in the group, and now she is included more. For example, the other children now help her to carry her belongings and know how to treat her better”
- Rosa Torres Padilla, Jardin de Niños Jean Piaget, Mexico
Think Equal asks: How can we, who have a duty of care to our youngest citizens, deem it to be compulsory for our children to learn numeracy and literacy, but optional for them to learn how to value another human being and lead healthy relationships
- Leslee Udwin, Founder and Chair, Think Equal