I recently attended several Di Wilcox workshops, in primary and secondary schools in Bournemouth, England, which had been arranged by Eduzine Global. The experience was truly amazing, thoroughly worthwhile and one I would recommend to everyone of any age, but in particular children and young adults.
Di, a former teacher herself, has an infectious, enthusiastic personality and a confident delivery style that sets her apart from other speakers. Furthermore, Di relays her own painful life experiences in an honest, open and age appropriate way, which draws in the audience, irrespective of their age. Di has a genuinely unique aura which captures the attention of all around, including even the most restless of children. Her overriding message is clear:
“Celebrate your own individuality. Be yourself and be confident and proud of who you are and how you look. Be positive about yourself, without being arrogant and treat others with the respect they deserve.”
The workshops include a number of short activities designed to fully engage the young audience. The workshops also end with big smiles and proud hearts, as they seek to focus on the positive personal traits to be celebrated and appreciated, individually and collectively.
Di’s message has a track record of success and is borne from the desire to reduce (indeed eliminate) health issues (e.g. anorexia & bulimia), self-loathing, self-harm and suicides among young people. Di outlines how mainstream media messages are promoting totally unrealistic expectations of young people. The images produced in the media are photo shopped, air-brushed and amended to the point that they bear no resemblance to the original image. Yet the media gives the impression that those artificial images are the expectations for young people. This is directly being linked to those health issues, self-harm and even suicide among children and young adults. Di’s workshops are attempting, moreover succeeding, in reversing that unacceptable trend.
In summary, Di Wilcox workshops are a must for every young person in the UK. The sooner these are introduced to schools and incorporated within the national curriculum, the better, as this will contribute significantly to reducing instances of anorexia, bulimia, bullying, self-harm and suicide. Listening to the children talk so positively about an educational workshop and hugging Di as they left the room at the end of each workshop was tear-jerking to say the least. I and all other adults and children I spoke with, was left in no doubt whatsoever that this Australian child resilience and body image expert, was absolutely the real deal and was truly making a difference to children’s lives.
A huge thank you to Di from all the team at Eduzine Global and from all those who had the pleasure to meet with Di during her UK visit.
We very much look forward to your next trip to the UK.