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Challenge 1

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Challenge 1


  February 29 - April 03 / 2016 


On Monday morning, February 29, we will start the first challenge.

Each group has 5 weeks to finish the challenge, until Sunday April 3,

to post inspiring contributions on your school page.


All pages of this wiki are visible for everyone

Please have a look at the pages of the other participants too!




'The right to a safe home'




The basic rights for all the children in the world are stated in The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

We've already looked at these agreements over the last few weeks.

The articles of the Convention are also about the right to grow up in a family and the right to have a safe place to play.



What are we going to do?

In this challenge, we are going to discuss what having 'a safe home' means to you and we will work on a few assignments concerning this topic.

You will share a report of the conversations and your contributions for this challenge on your schoolpage.

We will find out together why not all children in the world have a safe place to grow up in yet.

Maybe you will find out what adults can do to live up to the agreements made for the children's rights. But also what people are already doing to improve current situations.


Can you as a child do something yourself with a good idea or a clever plan to change something? Of course!

Because together we are stronger and we can create something beautiful:

A safe school for the children in Nepal.

Take a look at this page to see how we will work together!


How do we face this challenge and what do we need?

Step 1 - A conversation

In this challenge, you'll first talk about the children's rights on 'the right to a safe home' in your group.

To help you start, we've added three articles by Unicef you can read together:


  • Article 27: The right of every child to a standard of living adequate for the child's physical, mental, spiritual, moral and social development.

  • Article 24: The right of the child to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health and to facilities for the treatment of illness and rehabilitation of health.

  • Article 22: The right to protection and humanitarian assistance. Because a child is vulnerable en has the right to be safe.


(More information on the Convention and the Articles in the sidebar.)


For each of the articles we've made a few reflective questions that you can easily download and print.

You can ask each other the questions in small groups, or use them for a debat with the whole class. This way you'll start a conversation and hear from each other what you need to grow up safely and happily.

You will share the end results of these conversations on your own school page, on the bottom of this page. You can do this with a tekst, pictures, a poster, a mind map or in your own way.


Step 2 - Choose one or more of the assignments

After the conversation, we will start with the assignments.

With your class, you can choose to do one or more of the assignments OR you will each choose an assignment within small groups. The assignments are the following:


  1. Do research and write a report
  2. Write a poem or a rap
  3. Make a cartoon
  4. Compose a part of the Learning Circle song 



Assignment 1 - Research and report.


First we'll see three stories of the lives of Hamad and Zalissa, Syrian children.

You might have a hard time believing that something like this would actually happen.

We know because someone wrote about it in a newspaper or talked about it on tv.

That's what we're asking you to do now: Find out about those in your community who are homeless or have come to your community as refugees and tell us about their story. 



This drawing is made in Malta by Hamad.



Hamad is a ten year old Syrian boy with sandy hair and blue eyes.

A day earlier Hamad, his family

and three hundred other refugees left for Europe from Libya.

At departure they was shot at by militia, their boat was hit and sunk.

The navy saved 206 drowning people.

Hamad arrived in Malta,

where he made this drawing after his traumatic experience.

Hamad and his family now live in Germany.




The story of 14 year old Zalissa Kabore.



This movie tells the story of Zalissa Kabore, a girl from Burkina Faso, that was forced to be married at the age of 14 and therefore could not go to school. Her father tells his story and explains that it is a tradition that the grandfather of a girl gives her away to get married: "When Zalissa was born it was clear whom she would marry". Zalissa explains that she is against child marriages because she is physically very small and would like to continue studying. Zalissa's teacher tells us that Zalissa is very smart and that he hated it that Zalissa was married. He and all the other teachers have had training to deal with such matters. A parents' evening was organized, involving all teachers, all parents, Zalissa's teacher, Zalissa's father and Zalissa herself. After that meeting Zalissa's father realized that child marriage is a tradition that should not be maintained.



The story of many children from Syria



The impacts of war are devastating for many children.
This conflict has already consumed three long years.

Let's hope the children of Syria don't lose another year to bloodshed and suffering. 


After seeing these three stories, it's time for your own research and report.


All children have their own stories and experiences. And not all of them have a safe home.

You'll see their stories in the news, the paper or maybe in your own neighborhood: Children on the run, children who can't live with their families anymore, children who live and work on the street and don't know where their home is.


How to work out this challenge?


  • You will look for three people that weren't born in your country, but have found a safe home here as a child. These people can be children or adults, who will tell you of their childhoods.

  • What are the stories of the lives of these three people?

    • Do they feel at home in your country?

    • In the past and present?

  • Decide in your group what the work allocation and planning will be.
  • Organize an interview or meeting with these people.

  • Make a report together, in which you tell us about the stories; think of a (filmed) news bulletin, a photo report or a documentary.

    • Try to make the report as true to the real stories as possible.
    • Give your own opinion on how welcoming your own country should be to refugees... is there always a safe place for every child? 



Assignment 2 - A poem or rap.



How would it be........

to leave your home,

to go far away from your family?

Because they can not take care of you,

because you have to earn money.

or because you have to flee

for a war?



Two examples from the Learning Circles 2015, on the right to be safe.

Get inspired and write your own poem or rap with the titel:


'Gentle thoughts and hard facts'.


Marco Medrano 

Cesar Chavez Prep Public Charter School, Washington, USA.





Assignment 3 - Make a cartoon


An image says more than a thousand words



This is a cartoon.

Cartoons are a powerful way to tell a story.

Often papers and magazines use cartoons to make a difficult situations more clear. What message does the creator of the cartoon have for you?


In the UN Constitution of Children's rights, it's stated in a few articles that all children have the right to grow up in a safe home.

We ask you to draw a cartoon that shows that the right to a safe home is not always self-evident.


On the website cartoonmovement you can upload your own drawing.

Cartoonists across the world can look at your drawing and make a cartoon of it.

You can see how this works in the following film:




Stap 1Make a drawing or cartoon.


Stap 2: Choose one or two drawings in your group to upload in our own 'newsroom' on the website Cartoonmovement.
Sign in via join and upload your drawings.


Stap 3: Share your drawings on your own school page in the wiki too.
Students from the other schools in the Learning Circle can give feedback and comments on it.


An example from a previous Learning Circle:



(See more inspiring examples from students and cartoonists in 2015)



Assignment 4 - Compose a part of the Learning Circle song.



We're going to be friends


Fall is here, hear the yell

back to school, ring the bell

brand new shoes, walking blues

climb the fence, books and pens

I can tell that we are gonna be friends

I can tell that we are gonna be friends


Walk with me, Suzy Lee

through the park and by the tree

we will rest upon the ground

and look at all the bugs we found

safely walk to school without a sound

safely walk to school without a sound


Here we are, no one else

we walked to school all by ourselves

there's dirt on our uniforms

from chasing all the ants and worms

we clean up and now it's time to learn

we clean up and now it's time to learn


Numbers, letters, learn to spell

nouns, and books, and show and tell

playtime we will throw the ball

back to class, through the hall

teacher marks our height against the wall

teacher marks our height against the wall


We don't notice any time pass

we don't notice anything

we sit side by side in every class

teacher thinks that I sound funny

but she likes the way you sing


Tonight I'll dream while I'm in bed

when silly thoughts go through my head

about the bugs and alphabet

and when I wake tomorrow I'll bet

that you and I will walk together again

I can tell that we are gonna be friends

Yes I can tell that we are gonna be friends.



This year, every group is invited to compose a song text about Children's Rights!


How to create your song text:


Step 1:  Listen to the song and read the text.


Step 2: Compose a new text about Children's Rights on this melody, but leave the text of the chorus unchanged:

             The chorus is:  "I can tell that we are gonna be friends" (phrases in bold)
               This text will also be the chorus in your song.
             Post the text of your song on your school page.


Step 3: Make a video of your song, upload it to YouTube, and post it on your school page.


Step 4: Send the original file (.mp4 or .mov) to a.ziel@liemerscollege.nl  


Music teacher Anne Ziel from De Liemers College in the Netherlands will create something special with parts of all your submissions.


Background information and Resources

Dutch page: Bronnen (in sidebar Dutch LC's)


Click on the name of your school or the button!






KEF Higher Secondary School              Lyceum de Grundel

          Montessori College Arnhem

                 De Meergronden







           National College B P Hasdeu        Senator O'Connor College School              King City Public School                       Hope School








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