The one word challenge focuses on the violation of Human Rights. Human Rights is any basic right or freedom to which all human beings are entitled to. In 8th grade Social Studies, each student selected a word based on their research, that best focuses on a certain human right. For example, students chose the following topics: civil liberties, child labor, and political rights. Many people face unfair trials in at least 54 countries, and are restricted from simple freedoms in at least 77 countries. Forty million children under the age of 15 suffer abuse or neglect, and armed conflict has killed 2 million children, disabling 4 to 5 million. Human Rights are violated all around the world. Everyone is born with and possesses the same rights, regardless of where they live, their gender, race, religion or cultural background, making it unfair to people that do not possess the basic human rights.
We asked a few students to reflect on their Humans Rights topic. Sadie researched the topic of child labor. The word fairness stood out to her.
“Fairness means that all children should have equal rights when it comes to working and everyday life,” said Sadie.
Another student Adel, with a word and topic of poverty wanted to prove that poverty is an immense issue all around the world and we need to do something about it. Some students, like Laura, feel strongly about not violating human rights for children. She wanted to show that children are a big part of our future and should be treated just as equal as everyone else. Brigid and Da’ Kylia, with a topic of women’s rights, chose the word equality, to show the importance of having the same rights as men.
Written by 8th grade students: Anne Sendra and Grace Norris