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  Child slaves
Updated 25 June 2003, 10.49


Citizenship 11-14/KS3/Levels E&F
Human rights

Overview
Robbie Williams has made a film to help children who are sold as slaves.

Newsround Extra found that around 200,000 children are sold for work in West and Central Africa every year.

This activity explores the human rights issues concerning children being sold as slaves.

Learning aims

  • Where our human rights come from, how they are made and enforced.

  • Why human rights are important.

  • Introduce the thinking behind the Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989).

Icebreaker
Read the story 'Scandal of children sold as slaves'.

Introduce the phrase 'human rights' and ask the class for their definitions. Discuss how they would feel if they were made to live as a slave.


Main Activity
Divide the class into small groups. The students work through these questions in their groups.

1. How would you define 'human rights'?

Something that protects you from being abused by others.

2. What rights do we have?

  • Right to life
  • Right to a fair trial
  • Freedom from torture
  • Right to protest
  • Freedom from discrimination
  • Right to privacy

3. Can you place these rights in order of importance?

4. Where do our rights come from?

Politicians, parents, lawyers, God.

5. How can we change our rights?

By lobbying a politician, by voting, by protesting, by educating people.

6. Who has changed peoples rights in the past? How have they done this?

Martin Luther King, Hitler, Emily Pankhurst, Malcolm X.

7. What would you do if someone violated your rights?

Protest, go to the Press, phone a lawyer.

Extension activity
What can the UK do to help children out of slavery?

Plenary
The groups feedback their ideas to the rest of the class.

Focus the discussion on why human rights are necessary and how they should be upheld.

Teachers' Background

  • Children's rights are most fully explained in the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

  • The Convention was adopted as an international human rights treaty on 20 November 1989.

  • The Convention contains the Optional Protocol.

  • The Protocol prohibits recruitment and deployment of any person younger than 18 years.

  • It has been signed by 85 countries so far.

  • It was created over a period of ten years.

For all links and resources click at top right.


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Watch Becky's reportWatch Becky's report
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WorldRobbie begs for end to child slavery
WorldTorban's story
WorldScandal of children sold as slaves
PicturesPix: Newsround investigates child slavery
ChatKids' chat about child slavery
Club'I thought slavery was gone'

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Web Links
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Amnesty International
Unicef
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