YOU + ME: FRIENDS AROUND THE WORLD
YOU + ME: FRIENDS AROUND THE WORLD is an education programme for children at Sunday school and primary school. Children meet other children around the world: on equal footing, ecumenically, and open to similarities and differences. In order to strengthen international relationships, the programme offers activities and materials in different languages.
The friends: Emso the Elephant and Pipit the Bird
Cartoon characters Emso the Elephant and Pipit the Bird accompany children all over the world on their learning journey. Together with the children, they discover different countries, cultures and religions. They guide the children through the workbooks, making it easier for them to understand and making learning fun.
From Around the World
Focus on internationalisation
With YOU + ME, the EMS Fellowship gains experience of how diverse internationalisation can be. This happens on several levels. On the one hand, through the content of the educational material, which allows the children to familiarise themselves with different cultures. Key here is the book “Diversity”, which is printed in various member churches around the world and is available in German, English, Korean and Indonesian. On the other hand, it is reflected in the structures. Programme multipliers in the member churches are in communication with the staff at the secretariat in Stuttgart. An international advisory board supports the work. Communication takes place via social media.
We are Children of the Earth
Anyone wishing to find out more about the ‘Children of this Earth’ at Sunday school or primary school will find great ideas here. Six children from the EMS introduce themselves, their lives, their schools and their faith. Click on the photos to open images and texts from the Diversity book.
Ernest (7) takes us into his world in Ghana
Ernest is seven years old and lives in Accra, the capital of Ghana. Ernest enjoys going to Sunday school. He also dreams of becoming a pilot. Here, Ernest takes you into his world:
Evelyn (8) takes us into her world in India
Evelyn (8) lives in Chennai in the southeast of India. She loves music and enjoys dancing. Find out here what Evelyn gets up to each day, and what her favourite song is:
Dado (10) takes us into his world in Indonesia
Dado (10), his family and his buffalo live on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. Dado loves nature and his beautiful village with its traditional houses, bamboo trees and storage barns for rice. He would like to show you his world:
Ashleigh (11) takes us into her world in South Africa
Ashleigh (11) lives in a country at the southern tip of the African continent: South Africa. Ashleigh is amazed by the beauty of God’s creation. Find out here what she wants to tell the children of this earth:
Woo-Hyeong (9) takes us into his world in South Korea
Woo Hyeong is nine years old and lives in the city of Goyang in South Korea. The topic of peace is something very close to his heart. Here, Woo Hyeong explains how South Koreans greet each other, and what this greeting has to do with peace:
Frieda (6) takes us into her world in Germany
Frieda (6) lives with her sister and parents in Rockenhausen in the west of Germany. Frieda enjoys singing and, more than anything, loves playing in the countryside. Find out more about her life and dreams in this story:
Take your Sunday school on a journey into the worlds of children from Indonesia, India, Germany, South Korea, Ghana and South Africa. Appealing methods and plenty of photos and ideas make the workbooks "Diversity" and "Peace" a real treasure for Sunday schools all over the world. The workbooks are available in German, English, Indonesian and Korean.
The YOU+ME: FRIENDS AROUND THE WORLD programme encourages global learning across national borders. We offer our activities and materials in different languages. You can download our material here, or order it from us free of charge.
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