Preschoolers learn social justice

EMPATHY: Eli Flanagan, 4, left, helps preschool classmates Isabella Machan, 4, and Paddy O’Sullivan, 3. Picture: Peter StoopFOUR-year-old Eli Flanagan is putting his preschool lessons about social justice into practice.
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The KU Maitland Mobile Preschool student could not stop grinning when asked about how he helped other people: “I help pack up toys … I help my mum at home … I teach my sister things … I help the other kids learn.”

The activities are part of a move to help children between three and five learn about fairness, sharing and helping others. This week the children are participating in a charity drive for Carrie’s Place in Maitland, a refuge for women and children affected by domestic violence.

Preschool director Nicole-Brooke Dean said the children helped a charity every year, and the task helped to teach them about having compassion for those less fortunate.