Who is Your Role Model
and Why?

The Heroes of Our Children


Let us reduce the gap between declared values and actual behaviour.

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What is the project Role Model about

Positive experiences,
character building,
personal growth,
well-being.

What is this project?

Role Model is a project about the well-being of our children.

By taking part in this project, children and youths throughout Europe think about the person they admire most and want to be like. They are then encouraged to write about their chosen role model and make a picture of him or her.

The children's teachers collect their creations and send them to us. The assembled contributions will be compiled into a book which will be sent to the leaders of European countries, thus making children's voices be heard.

Future phases of the project will involve active participation of the role models chosen by the children, as well as important decision-makers. By joining our efforts, Role Model has the potential to have an important positive impact on the future of our society.

Jože Trontelj (1939-2013),
MD-PhD

President of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts,
Chairman of the National Medical Ethics Committee of Slovenia

Purpose of the project Role Model

A great role model can reach the hearts of millions of children.


Why is this project important?

Role models have a profound and lasting impact on our children's lives.

We all want today's children to grow into good citizens, responsible parents, reliable employees, accountable politicians and trustworthy business leaders. We remember how our childhood role models had a profound and lasting impact on who we are today.

Children nowadays often lack proper guidance and are in danger of being led astray or sliding into delinquency. By thinking about their role models and looking up to them, young people are inspired to improve themselves and live their lives according to their values. In these troubled and uncertain times, positive individuals represent a bright light that our youth can turn to.

A great teacher can reach the hearts of about a hundred children. A great role model can reach several thousands, perhaps even millions.

Janek Musek, Ph. D.,
Professor Emeritus

Former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ljubljana

How to do it

Ask, create, send and invite

1.

Teachers ask children:
Who is your role model and why?

Please do not influence your pupils with excessive guidance or suggestions, e.g. parents, sportspeople, singers. Allow them to think about the question on their own. This will give a clearer overall picture of whom the children of Europe consider their role models to be and the character traits they admire and aspire to the most.

Younger children may need some help, as many of them may not know the meaning of the term 'role model'. In this case, phrase the question along the lines of whom they look up to or who it is they want to be like.

If a child has chosen a role model but has trouble answering the second part of the question, help them by asking them which of the role model's characteristics they admire most or want to emulate.

2.

Children create their answers

Hand out your pupils A4 papers and tell them to write down their answers. Please instruct your pupils to keep their creations restricted to a single page, for easier processing. We encourage children and youths to express themselves in their own language. However, writing in other languages such as English is also acceptable.

Along with the answer, each pupil should provide a picture of the role model. This can be a drawing or a photograph. The photograph, either an original or a print, should be pasted on the A4 paper next to the text.

Tell younger children who cannot write yet to draw their role model on the page. When a child completes the picture, ask them the question again and write down their answer next to the drawing.

Every paper should also have the name, age and school of the pupil written on the back.

In addition to providing a drawing or photograph, or instead of it, children and youths can make a short video featuring their role model and upload it to YouTube.

3.

Send us their work

Scan the papers created by your pupils and upload them on our website's submission form.

For each pupil's contribution, click the 'Image' button and upload the file of the scan you made. We also ask you to type the answer your pupil provided in the submission form's box, especially if you think the pupil's answer is not clearly legible.

Enter each pupil's name and age, and your country. Also add your own name and the name of your school.

If the pupil has created a video, please upload it by clicking the 'Video' button and pasting the YouTube link.

In addition, we ask you to collect all your pupils' creations, put them in an envelope and send them to our address:
Institute for Ethics
PO Box 21
SI-1001 Ljubljana
Slovenia

Invite role models to talk
about role models

Future phases of the project will include greater involvement of role models. We hope that many of them will take an active role as the project's ambassadors. Therefore, introducing eminent and distinguished individuals to Role Model in its pilot phase is of great benefit to the future of the project.

We ask you to choose a few individuals from among your school's former pupils who you recognise as true role models and who can be positive influences on younger generations.

The procedure is similar to the one described above. Ask the alumni who their role models were and why. Also ask the alumni to send you a photograph of themselves, along with a written permission to use their statements and pictures on our website and other materials.