“Education is the most powerful weapon with which to change the world”.

NELSON MANDELA

OUR STORY

Founded by filmmaker turned human rights champion and social entrepreneur, Leslee Udwin, this global initiative was the result of the insights she discovered during the making of her documentary, India’s Daughter, which in itself sparked a movement to end violence against women and girls. The film is based on the brutal gang rape of a medical student on a moving bus in Delhi. Through 31 hours of interviews with the perpetrators of this brutal crime, it became abundantly clear that the root cause of this violence was socio-cultural programming of inequality which ascribes lesser value and different rules to the other gender. Understanding that all inequalities, racial, religious, ethnic or any other, spring from the same root cause, and that the only way to change discriminatory mind set is through education, Leslee began a journey in exploring what ‘education’ is, and discovering what it should be.

Leslee concluded that there is a missing third dimension to education, Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), which should be taught alongside numeracy and literacy. Neuroscientists are clear that the optimal time to change mindsets, attitudes and behaviours is in the Early Years.

WHAT WE HAVE CREATED

Together with world experts we have created Think Equal – 3 levels of tangible, easy to implement, step-by-step teacher guides for ages 3 to 6. Each level of the programme includes 30 original books, associated resources, and 90 lesson plans (3 x half hour lessons per week). These are all given free of charge on condition that the programme is comprehensively and sequentially implemented.

Since January 2017, Think Equal has piloted these in hundreds of schools across 5 continents, reaching over 38,000 children so far. The pilot programmes, evaluated by Think Equal’s partners at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, have proved highly impactful and successful across many diverse countries.

WHAT WE HAVE ACHIEVED

• Created the world’s 1st comprehensive programme framed as a new subject for Early Years Education – Social and Emotional Learning [SEL] for 3-6 year olds. 

• Proved concept through powerful results of the randomised control trial (RCT) evaluation (the gold standard) of our Programme by Dr Craig Bailey of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.

• Formed a 20-strong committee of global experts in SEL, with whom we have designed Levels 1-3 of the Think Equal Programme: books, lesson plans and resources

• Filmed lesson plans being delivered by inspiring teachers to age appropriate children as digital teacher training guides 

• Created over 80 original narrative books for children aged 3 to 6.

• Devised a 3-day intensive Master Trainer course, and a 2-day teacher training course. 

• A presence in 13 countries: Argentina, Australia, Botswana, Canada, India, Kenya, Mexico, North Macedonia, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, UK and USA.

• Major global partnerships with leaders in the field including Pope Francis’ Scholas Occurrentes, Montessori, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, the Kindness Curriculum, the Centre for Healthy Minds and Amani.

• Registered charities in both UK and USA.

• The support and endorsement of many thought-leaders such as former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, Pope Francis, the Dalai Lama, and patrons including Meryl Streep, Sir Ken Robinson and Lord Rumi Verjee.

• Promoted awareness and advocated for social and emotional learning to be a mandated and valued component of early childhood education and development, already having influenced education policy in a couple of countries.

“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 Office for Partnerships 

THE UN SUSTAINABLE 
DEVELOPMENT GOALS

The UN SDGs are 17 global goals set by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015, “they address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. The Goals interconnect and in order to leave no one behind, it is important […] (to) achieve each Goal and target by 2030” (United Nations). 

Think Equal serves the United Nations’ “Agenda 2030” and addresses 10 of the 17 SDGs: goals 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17.

Leslee Udwin:
UN Speech

PATRONS

MERYL STREEP & SIR KEN ROBINSON

INTRODUCE THINK EQUAL

Helen Mirren:
Think Equal Advocate

Susan Sarandon:
Think Equal Advocate