Today Siena's mom came in to talk to the class about human rights. Before she arrived, we discussed what that might mean.
Griff: Is it about human's doing the right thing?
Johnny: Well, there are three meanings of right. There's write your name, your right hand, and doing the right thing.
Shotaro: I think it must be something about conflict.
Siena: It's about treating people right. Like not making the world worse. Making it better.
Ms Leah: What would making it worse be?
Adam: Like wasting food and throwing everything away without recycling.
Johnny: And not like bullying people and being mean. Being nice.
Ms Leah: And what would making it better look like?
Adam: To treat people right. You need not to bully and stuff.
Teddy: And no wars or conflicts. Being kind and caring.
Siena: And standing up. It's about standing up for things.
Hearing about Rupa's run to raise money and awareness for HOME was really inspiring. She then shared a video with us to inspire us further.
After the video we discussed our thoughts.
Nora: I felt really sad for the people in the video. I almost got tears.
Adam: Siena's mom is doing stuff to make the world a better place. In the video, it made me cry a little. But the children tried to stop the fighting by singing a song. And I want to copy Siena's mom and make the world a better place.
Lucy: I felt sad for the kids in the orphanage who didn't have families.
Griff: It might have been a hospital, because they were all bandaged up and stuff.
Shotaro: The children's dads were soldiers in the army.
Siena: This video made me really sad and I think it was brave of the children who took flowers to the soldiers. At the end of video, I was a bit happier.
Johnny: But I didn't get why they had one candle and then suddenly there were so many.
Claire: It's because other people were lighting them too.
Teddy: Because they weren't fighting anymore. Instead they lit candles wanting peace.
Lucy: They were just children, but they made a difference.
Ms Leah: Remember how Johnny told us that the word 'right' has three meanings?
Shotaro: Yes. The right hand, to write something, and to do the right thing.
Ms Leah: Yes. What if I told you there are actually FOUR meanings?
Johnny: No way! Really?
Siena: I know your last name. Wright.
Ms Leah: Ah, yes. Wright can also be a last name. But not including names. Right has another meaning. The 'right to' something. Something that everyone should have. It doesn't matter how old you are, if you are a baby or a grandfather. It doesn't matter which country you are from.
Claire: Or what colour your hair is.
Ms Leah: Yes. Or what colour your hair is.
Lucy: Or how long?
Ms Leah: Or how long. It doesn't matter where you are from, or whether you are rich or poor.
Ms Leah: No. It doesn't matter if you are a boy or a girl. Everyone should have it. Can you think of something it might be?
Adam: What about food? Everyone should have the right to food, enough food.
Siena: And water. Clean drinking water. Everyone should have the right to clean drinking water. Remember we read that book?
Griff: What about like doctors and hospitals and medicine and things?
Ms Leah: Yes, the right to medical care.
Griff: Because some people don't have that. Some people can't afford it.
Aubrey: And some people might live too far from hospitals and things.
Griff: What about the right to go to school?
Johnny: But everyone goes to school.
Ms Leah: Do they?
Lucy: No, some people might not have money to go to school.
Johnny: But then their mom and dads can just teach them. They can learn from home.
Griff: Maybe not. Their mom and dads might not have gone to school if they are that poor either. It's generational.
Ms Leah: And did you know in some places girls are not allowed to go to school?
Nora: Girls are not allowed to go to school?!
Lucy: But how are they going to learn?
Johnny: What do they do all day? Do they just do nothing all day?
Griff: But how are they going to learn to read and write?
Nora: Do they learn anything?
Ms Leah: They learn at home how to cook and clean, and look after the house.
Claire: But they can't become doctors then!
Griff: Or astronauts. They definitely can't become astronauts. You have to study a very long time a lot of things to become an astronaut.
Lucy: Wow. When my mom was young she went to a school just for girls. Boys went to a different school. But I guess that's different. Some girls can't go to any school.
Teddy: Wasn't there a girl who went on a school bus and somebody didn't like that she was going to school and shot her in the head?
Ms Leah: Yes, Malala.
Lucy: But why?
Teddy: They didn't want her to go to school.
Lucy: Why did she go then?
Ms Leah: She was trying to change things. She believes that all girls have the right to go to school.
Nora: You mean she actually lived? But she was shot in the head.
Teddy: Yes, somehow she survived.
Lucy: Wow, she is very brave. How old was she then?
Ms Leah: I think she was 15.
Lucy: Wow, she is very brave.
Griff: I know another story about human rights, I think. It was back a long time ago in the United States. Back then white people thought they were better than black people and they treated them really badly. They couldn't do a lot of things, like they had to stand or go to the back of the bus. And there was a woman, I can't remember her name. She thought black people should have the same rights as white people so she sat at the front of the bus. I think then she had to go to jail or something.
Siena: I think her name was Rosa Parks, because I read a book about her a long time ago. And when she went to jail, a lot of people stood up and rallied to get things changed. And I know another story of human rights. Did you know like before the fifties or something women were not allowed to vote? Only men were allowed to vote. They fought for the right to vote. Then they were allowed.
Ms Leah: So should we add that to our list? The right to vote, when you reach a certain age? So you've come up with some really important human rights, and also some big examples of times people's rights were violated. Do you think there is anything you can do in your life?
Adam: Like standing up for people when they are being treated badly. Like I can stand up for someone who is being treated badly on the playground, like if they are bullied or something.
Teddy: And be kind to people. Like not have conflicts and things.
Lucy: Look out after each other. Help each other.
Claire: Yah, be kind. Be caring.
Adam: I want to make the world a better place too!
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