My son is currently in Ghana, as group leader for a two week volunteer/study program with a group of students from Yale. They are working with Challenging Heights, an NGO whose mission is to provide education for children who have returned from slavery and the worst forms of child labor. The organisation also work with families to improve their income levels to enable fishing communities to reject the sale and exploitation of children.
This disturbing video shows the organisation’s director, James Kofi Anan, a former child slave and internationally recognized leader against slavery. He reminds us that laws and regulations are irrelevant, if you are unable to read. Access to education was what saved him and he has dedicated his life to providing education for others like him in a quest to end child slavery in his country.
The video is an important reminder to me that…
- I have learned a great deal from my children. Their global experiences constantly open my eyes to issues that I might otherwise not have paid attention to.
- Education in most of the world does not resemble my reality, working in a privileged school in a developed country.
- We have little right to complain about our brand new school buildings, considering the number of children in our world who have no access to education… let alone electricity or running water.
- As educators, we need to work to promote global awareness and a sense of social justice in our students.