“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
~ Dr. Seuss,
On November 23rd we were … SILENT! WHAT … 26 grade three students SILENT … for an ENTIRE day??? That’s RIGHT! We weren’t alone, though! Our whole ENTIRE school participated in We are Silent. Thanks SO much to our Student Council for taking this initiative on. Together we ARE stronger.
We were silent because MANY people don’t have rights in our world. Some people can’t even afford or aren’t even ALLOWED to go to SCHOOL! What? THAT can’t be right, can it? We were SHOCKED to discover that in the year 2015 there were still places in the world where people were not allowed to go to school. Some of these people can’t even speak up for their own rights.
We wondered HOW this could happen so we did some research. We discovered a LOT of things that made us sad. Did you know that some people in the world can’t go to school because of:
- because they’re girls – WHAT?!?
- they can’t afford it
- their country is poor
- natural disasters
- there might not be any teachers to teach them
- because their country won’t allow it
- they might have to get married really young
- they might be slaves
- poor sanitation
- they have disabilities
- they might have to work to support their families
- their country may have agreed to the Convention on the Rights of the Child but they don’t enforce it
While we dove into our research, trying to find out WHY so many children can’t or aren’t ALLOWED to go to school, we discovered SO many other things along the way. We talked about how women weren’t even allowed to VOTE in Alberta until 1916. If you think THAT’S bad … women in Quebec couldn’t vote until 1944! Gulp. One student even brought up his background knowledge of the Civil War and how, in the United States, people were fighting about whether it was okay to keep people as SLAVES or not. Double gulp. We even talked about the Underground Railroad!
We MAY only be eight and nine years old … but … we KNOW a LOT. And, we have OPINIONS! Thank GOODNESS we live in a country where we are free to and ENCOURAGED to express our thoughts and opinions. Thank GOODNESS we live in a country where we are ALLOWED to go to school. We know that not everyone is as lucky as we are … even in Canada.
Our silence? An entire SCHOOL’S silence? An entire WORLD’S silence? We HAVE to care. We HAVE to do something TOGETHER. After all, together we ARE strong. We KNOW that our day of silence is NOTHING like having no power to speak up for your rights. Maybe one day ONE of us, or a WHOLE bunch of us, will FIND the KEY.
Our slideshow of the day:
- how can it BE that so many children and adults are unable to speak up for their rights?
- what can WE do to help make a difference?
- Our day of silence was one TINY step … have YOU taken any steps to make a difference? We’d LOVE to hear about it!