Seniors Years

Rights to Rights
The Rights of the World’s Children

StepsActivitiesResources

Seeing & Engaging

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Play the makeChange Music Video”

This empowering video introduces Hannah Taylor, who founded The Ladybug Foundation. Her cause was homelessness, but the point of this video is to demonstrate the ability of young people to make a difference, by stepping outside of their usual “comfort zones” to help others.

The “Make Change Music Video” is an artistic representation of Hannah’s journey and young students may not distinguish that from the reality of safety concerns of unsafe areas and approaching strangers, despite safety warnings from teachers. (5:00 mins)

Teachers should preview all video content before screening it for students. Consider classroom and community sensitivities and age-appropriateness.



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makeChange Children's Rights Poster Images

Download the makeChange Children's Rights poster image with “Poster Notes” explaining the story behind the image.

How do the video and poster image make you feel? Make notes of what impacts you personally. Do you see things that you would like to help change?

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The rights of the world’s children are enshrined in the 1989 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Select from these resources to build understanding

Investigate which countries have ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Are there any surprises?

Play the video “Omar”

The story of Omar Bandak, a Palestinian teenager, who wants peace, safety and security. Content warning: some graphic content and images (6:10 mins)

Teachers should preview all video content before screening it for students. Consider classroom and community sensitivities and age-appropriateness.

Inquiring & Investigating

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There are many children’s rights issues.

 

HIV and Aids

Play the video “Gaba”

The story of Gabatshwane Gumede, a teenage girl who has been an aids orphan South Africa since age 5. (7:10 mins)

Content warning: some graphic content and images.

Child Protection and Land Mines

Play the video “Isabel”

The story of Isabel Mathe, a teenager from Mozambique, who lost her leg to a land mine at age 4. (8:30 mins)

Content warning: some graphic content and images.

Children of War and Displaced Children

Play the following videos:

 

“Thomas’ Story”

Thomas is a former child soldier living in Uganda. He was abducted from his small thatched hut along with his two young sisters. His youngest sister was sold into slavery in Egypt, while his other sister was killed and died in Thomas’s arms.

This powerful documentary delivers insight into a devastating reality for thousands of children who are forced to kill. It also speaks to the horror-filled future of a child soldier, even if he can escape the clutches of a guerilla army. (14:00 mins)

Content warning: some graphic content and images.

“Hassana”

The story of Hassana Hameida, a teenager who has lived all his life in a refugee camp in the Algerian desert. (6:10 mins)

Content warning: some graphic content and images.

What other rights of children are abused in the world?

How is Canada doing in recognizing and protecting the rights of children?

Teachers should preview all video content before screening it for students. Consider classroom and community sensitivities and age-appropriateness.

 

Empowering – You Can Make a Difference!

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Empowerment and education go hand in hand. People around the world are helping to fulfill and protect the rights of children.

What do you feel strongly about? What change do you want to see in your school, community or world?

 

Play the video, "Something from Nothing”

This video documents the majestic and inspiring achievements of three women who, starting with nothing but a vision for change, set out in their ways to make a difference to children who were suffering in their countries. (14:50 mins)

Content warning: some graphic content and images.

Teachers should preview all video content before screening it for students. Consider classroom and community sensitivities and age-appropriateness.

Go to the website for The World’s Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child (Stockholm).

Hannah Taylor served as a jury member from 2007 to 2014, helping recognize amazing people in the world who are making a difference for children.

When we allow our own heart to see the needs of those around us… that is when things begin to change. You can make a difference for children in the, too!

What is your vision?

Who do you want to help?

Making Change – Plan Your Project!

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Plan a project to help make change for Children’s Rights!

Use the "I can makeChange" Social Action Project Planning Charts to help with your planning.

If your project relates to global issues of social change, homelessness, hunger, poverty or street life…

  • Access the great information and resources at The Ladybug Foundation website

OR…

  • As part of your action plan, find information about other organizations that work for social change such as: We Day/Free the Children, Duke of Edinburgh, The Everyday Activist: 365 Ways to Change the World and more!

World Issues – Action Initiatives provides a variety of sources that include books and websites that inform not only with facts, but also with action plans to makeChange.

Tell Us About Your Project and Your Success!

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Send Hannah an Action Update (attaching authorized photos, video and all!) and your plan, actions and your makeChange moment! We will feature your school on our “Making Change with Hannah” web and Facebook page.

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Teacher Note: Use the Celebration and Reflection Frame to help students reflect on their challenges and successes related to their action plan.

Your students have proved that they can make a difference, now and in their futures!

“Thank you for making a difference and changing the world!”
Hugs and Ladybugs, Hannah

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