Twenty five years ago, world leaders signed the United Nations Convention on Rights of the Child. In many places in the world, these rights are still not secure. Many children have little or no access to education or medical care. Globally, 40 million children below the age of 15 suffer abuse or neglect. There are 246 million child labourers worldwide. Over 100,000 child soldiers in Africa alone. Their voices aren’t heard.
Working in partnership with Oxfam, the Global Classroom has challenged our students to work together to use their voice to defend the rights of children everywhere through Make it Right. With over 20,000 students worldwide, we believe that together they can make a real difference.
Richard Baker, Head of Education and Youth at Oxfam GB, commented, "Oxfam believes that the voices of young people are crucial to shaping a just world without poverty. That's why the My Rights My Voice programme supports young people in eight countries to transform their own lives and communities, and why we are so pleased to see the programme capturing the imagination of students and staff within Nord Anglia Education schools and inspiring their own learning for active global citizenship."
Working together, students will choose one issue to tackle as a school and create an impactful activity to raise awareness of the situation and encourage change. They must research the issue in depth and together decide on their campaign perspective and actions. There are no limits – students can hold an exhibition or event, initiate a campaign, develop a work scheme to teach other to their peers, make a documentary or create a business venture to raise funds and awareness.
Students will create a video and written submission detailing their project – their research, planning and an evaluation of their campaign’s impact and success. Entries must be received by Friday 6th February and will be judged by a panel of experts.
Ela McSorley, Nord Anglia Education’s Assistant Director of Student Services, added, “The Big Challenge is an annual competition exclusive to our students through our Global Classroom. It gives our students the opportunity to investigate important global issues and show what we can achieve when we work together. The projects are led by our students and help them to develop key skills such as collaboration, critical thinking and creativity. We’re excited to see the strength of our student voice.”