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Be the Bridge

These learning activities are designed to be used with the video Be the Bridge.  They have been developed with reference to the Australian Curriculum, particularly for English at Years 9 and 10. 

Do you want to discover how to bridge differences and connect with people who are different to you?

Watch this short video to see how this group of eleven people from diverse religious and cultural backgrounds came together for a day to try to "Be the Bridge" between people from their own background and those who are different to themselves.

Before watching

  • Discuss the concept of social responsibility with your students.  What is it? How can it look in our society? What social responsibilities do we have as citizens?
  • Ask your students to consider the following question while watching Be the Bridge: What divisions are people trying to bridge in this video?

After watching

  1. Ask your students to discuss, reflect on or provide written answers to the following questions:
    • What divisions create the need for a bridge?
    • At which point in the video did you feel most engaged or emotionally moved? Why was it that particular moment?
    • What do the people in this film have in common? In what ways do they differ? How was this shown in the film?
    • Do you think the people in the film are realistic in striving for peace? Why or why not? How is this conveyed in the film?
    • In what ways does the editing of this video reflect the ideas that it explores?
    • If you were going to "be the bridge" what groups, communities or people would you try to bring together?

  2. As a class, brainstorm the characteristics or qualities that are required to "be the bridge". Develop a creative response - a story, painting, sculpture, dramatic piece, collage, or digital work - which explores these qualities.
  3. Ask students to explain in their own words the meaning of the following statements:
    • "Be the change you want to see in the world." – Ghandi
    • Be the Bridge.
    • Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it.
    • "All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing." – Edmund Burke

    This video portrays work that was initiated by London Bombing Survivor and Mad for Peace campaigner Gill Hicks and anti-racism organisation All Together Now's Priscila Brice. You can get involved in the "Be the Bridge" initiative by visiting