Social Justice was an integral part of my formal education at the University of San Francisco and Loyola Marymount University. From my vantage point, the role of an educator is to not simply teach reading, writing and math, but to provide students the opportunities to think critically, think outside the box and to be agents of change. Today, I witnessed how powerful teaching can be when educators go beyond the basics and truly delve into subjects that some might think are too difficult for students to grasp. Our little ones were given a tour by the 5th graders showcasing their research/art project: Shine A Light On Modern Day Slavery. They were knowledgeable and passionate as they shared what they had learned about modern day slavery. I took some pictures and I hope they convey how amazing and important the 5th graders’ work is.
The 5th graders also handed out a pamphlet providing ways we can help stop modern day slavery.
- Be a conscientious consumer! Find out where and how products that you buy are made.
- Reach out to your elected representatives to let them know that fighting slavery is important to you.
- Join or support organizations that are committed t ending modern-day slavery.
- Donate funds or needed items to an anti-trafficking organization to in your area.
- Stay informed, ask questions and be aware!
It surprises people that there’s actually a very large number of slaves in the world today—our best estimate is 27 million. And that is defining a slave in a very narrow way; we’re not talking about sweatshop workers or people who are just poor, we’re talking about people who are controlled by violence, who cannot walk away, who are being held against their will, who are being paid nothing.
– Kevin Bales
I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.