Free the Children have an annual awareness campaign called The Vow of Silence.
The main goal for the Grade 8 Teaching team at Sargent Park was to make our students aware of why it is important to stand in solidarity with the millions of child labourers in the world.
The Students in our school need to know that they do not need to stand by while children are subjected to exploitation, poverty and the denial of their basic rights.
The Vow of Silence is a way to make them aware. So on November 30th this year all of the Grade 8 students and many of their classmates went silent for a day. In the school teachers did not talk, annoucments were not read and silence reigned over all. It was amazing. For a loonie or a toonie the students were allowed and encouraged not to talk, use cellphones, text, connect on the internet for a day. Many passed the test. Hallways were silent during classtime, during class change and even during lunch. Ordering lunch was difficult when you do not have a voice but students managed to communicate even without a voice.
The Grade 8 team passed out information for other teachers to use in their classes. Articles talking about the exploitation of children around the world were used as language arts and social studies lessons. As a school we became more aware.
At the end of the day when it was all over students and staff were more aware of what was going on around the world. We had also raised over $300 for Free the Children.
Did you take the Vow of Silence this year? It is never to late.
Here is what our day sounded and looked like.