Ethics Education Online Community of Practice
Implementation in India
A group of 20 children participated in a 3 hour workshop conducted in my home by Pavithra and myself. The children were between 8 and 15 years of age.
After introductions, there was a discussion on our needs – what we need to survive and the children mentioned all the basic ones. Then we showed them a power point which had the pictures of all the needs they had mentioned being satisfied. Then we saw pictures of where children were denied these rights and were suffering from poverty and exploitation. From there we talked about how organisations across the world realised that children need to be specially cared for and from there came the story of the CRC. We talked about the 18 rights and how they were divided into Survival, Protection, Participation and Development Rights.
The children played a game where they had to find and match the pictures and text cards of each of the 18 child rights we had cut up and hidden in the garden. We incorporated one of Gelly’s cooperative games where the children had to hold hands with those who had the picture or text card that matched what they had found.
This was again followed by a reflection and discussion session.
Lastly, we had an activity where the children drew and coloured their own place mats based on the theme of child rights. When they finished, we laminated the mats and gave them to the children.
After they completed that activity, we ended with a round of discussion where each of them shared if they would like to do something to help other children who were not as fortunate as themselves.
This was the first time that Pavithra and I were completely happy with our planning and time management and we felt that we really got through to the children.