… WE DAY Fall 2017
What a wonderful experience for the lucky students who attended the recent convention courtesy of Free The Children organization! Tickets to this incredible event were not monetary, rather a promise to make the world a better place, both locally and globally.
This charity began when Craig Kielburger, a 12 year old boy, read about child labour occurring in a country on the other side of the world. He discovered that one child who spoke out about the injustice was punished, even though children were forced to work in terrible conditions for long hours everyday. Those children were not allowed to attend school, have proper meals or play.
Craig and his classmates decided to raise awareness about this injustice, and eventually, the laws in that country were changed for the better. Now, Craig and his brother Mark, are spreading the message of positive change by engaging young people in their cause.
We were able to listen to many stories and speeches about poverty, education, freedom, health and sustainability. We were inspired and engaged in them, and they made us think about how to make the world a better place. There were also inspiring performances by several musicians, and excellent videos and pictures to view on the large screen on stage. Many of the visuals contained facts and statistics about the issues faced by developing countries, and how young people can create positive changes through leadership.
During the morning, we were invited to do the WE DAY dance, which was energetic, and learned to do an African prayer for rain. It sounded just like a storm rolling in! Throughout the event, we were encouraged to create a few local and global campaigns in our school. This led to the Leadership Enrichment class to choose We Scare Hunger, where 533 food items were donated. Of course, students are all involved in Holy Childhood Association, which is an ongoing global initiative.
So as you can see, even though only a limited amount of students attended the We Day conference, all of our students and staff are certainly living their message. Bravo kids!