In Year 8 Individuals and Societies classes, students have been studying the United Nations rights of a child. These 54 articles show from a global perspective the rights that every child should have but due to circumstances of politics, war and religion such basic things like education and safe play are not respected. Students prepared speeches on the IB global context ‘Fairness and Development’ and using the concepts of rights and responsibilities, they researched the conditions of children worldwide and investigated places and situations where these basic ideals were not always being considered. In true IB fashion, students considered intercultural perspectives and contexts to summarise their own interpretation of the rights of children.
Below are some excerpts from student speeches:
“…I believe, like many others, that some of the wealthier countries should put some of their money towards more effective healthcare in poorer countries such as Africa, which not only cares for diseases such as Malaria, amebiasis, HIV, and polio, but for people that are severely undernourished. I am not saying that most healthcare bases in Africa are not effective, because GAVI, the vaccine alliance, has helped over 7 million children with immunisations in the past 16 years, and measles deaths have dropped over 67% in the past 16 years due to measles vaccinations. In perspective, of the undernourishment ratio, 700 million people in the world are undernourished, some being children in Africa, while over 2.2 billion people are overweight and obese…” – Thomas Lediaev
“…Almost two-thirds of poorest girls in Pakistan have never been to school. The long term neglect of education means the poorest young women in the country have only spent around a year in school on average. Without a real step change by the government to give these children and young people the education and training they need, including a second chance for those who have missed out, they will be denied equal opportunities in work and life forever…” – Sian Linhart
“…We can prevent poverty by educating children. Educating children gives the next generation the tools to fight poverty and prevent disease. Educating children gives them the knowledge to survive, the knowledge to live, the knowledge to raise a family for themselves and the knowledge to lead a new and better generation, to create a better world. Education is a permanent solution, to a temporary problem…” – Cooper Sutton
"...Hello people of the united nations, I am Isabella Bogan and I will be speaking to you today about child sex slaves. Now, while I have been speaking to you, one child has been sold or traded to be a sex slave and by the time I have finished speaking to you, six children will be sold or traded to be sex slaves..." - Isabella Bogan